The World Health Organization recommended that people suffering COVID-19 symptoms like fever avoid taking ibuprofen.
This is after French health officials warned that anti-inflammatory drugs could worsen effects of the virus.
“In the meantime, we recommend using rather paracetamol, and do not use ibuprofen as a self-medication. That’s important,” WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told reporters in Geneva.
He added that if ibuprofen had been “prescribed by the healthcare professionals, then, of course, that’s up to them.”
Paracetamol must be taken strictly according to the recommended dose, because too much of it can damage the liver.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected around 190,000 people worldwide and killed more than 7,800, causes mild symptoms in most people, but can result in pneumonia and in some cases severe illness that can lead to multiple organ failure.