Can I take pain medication

Can I take painkillers after the corona vaccination?

Antipyretic and pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen, also known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are widely used to relieve vaccination side effects. However, this is a controversial practice, because a suppressed immune reaction could theoretically reduce the formation of antibodies and thus the effect of the vaccination. There are some studies that advise against taking pain relievers in connection with a vaccination. There are also scientific papers that have not shown any negative effects on the success of the vaccination. However, preventive treatment is also not recommended here. Instead, it is recommended that pain relievers only be used when the symptoms are actually severe.

Doctors and experts recommend this

A number of regulators have made statements about the use of antipyretic agents around the time of vaccination. In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the use of antipyretic agents is not recommended before or at the time of vaccination, but is permitted in the days after vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the USA have adopted this recommendation. The information from the Robert Koch Institute on Covid vaccination also includes the recommendation to use NSAIDs if pain and fever occur after the vaccination. Paracetamol is expressly mentioned as an example.

Fundamental questions have not yet been clarified

Whether and how the immune response changes due to the administration of antipyretic agents before and after the vaccination has not yet been sufficiently investigated and clarified - this applies to all other vaccinations in addition to the Covid vaccination. A preprint of a current work was recently made available, which will soon appear in the journal “Chest”. Canadian scientists from the University of British Columbia are questioning whether NSAIDs should be used to alleviate acute side effects associated with a Covid vaccination. Since fever, headache and muscle pain are considered to be expected, it can also be assumed that many people are taking over-the-counter pain relievers and fever-lowering drugs when they are vaccinated. The authors of the study therefore demand that fundamental questions on this topic must be clarified in large clinical studies.

At the moment there is no reason to advise against the use of NSAIDs to alleviate vaccine reactions after a vaccination. However, it can and should be recommended not to use these agents preventively, but at best therapeutically.

Read more about the side effects after vaccination against Covid-19 here.

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