It certainly doesn’t take much to start a panic. Following a recent tweet about the possible adverse connection between Ibuprofen And Coronavirus, shoppers went crazy for Paracetamol and you can’t find children’s or adult Panadol anywhere.

French Health Minister Olivier Veran raised alarm bells last week after sharing a tweet warning people suffering from Coronavirus not to consume drugs like ibuprofen and cortisone, saying that it “could be a factor in worsening the infection.”

Mr Veran said that people should opt for paracetamol instead and advised people already taking anti-inflammatory drugs to seek guidance from a doctor.

The tweet, which caused an explosion of concern about Nurofen and similar drugs, has been shared over 43,000 times.

Changing Advice

The World Health Organisation (WHO) originally has said that they “recommend using rather paracetamol, and do not use ibuprofen as a self-medication.”

However they have since changed their stance saying that “based on currently available information, WHO does not recommend against the use of ibuprofen”.

Don’t Be Concerned

The Consumer Healthcare Products (CHP) Australia has urged people not to be spooked by the minister’s statement.

They said that “Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (OTC NSAIDs) in Australia have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to reduce fever and temporarily relieve aches and pains.

“OTC NSAIDs, including ibuprofen, are well-established and rigorously tested medicines that have been used safely for decades, proving effective for the temporary relief of pain and fever.”

The CHP continued to say that it is unaware of “any scientific evidence supporting claims made in recent days suggesting that the use of NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, could affect the health outcomes of COVID-19 patients.”

No Evidence!

The European Medicines Agency agrees with this statement saying:

“There is currently no scientific evidence establishing a link between ibuprofen and worsening of COVID‑19.

“When starting treatment for fever or pain in COVID-19, patients and healthcare professionals should consider all available treatment options including paracetamol and NSAIDs.

“There is currently no reason for patients taking ibuprofen to interrupt their treatment.”

The CHP did add that “individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 should follow the advice provided by their healthcare professional.”

Urban Myth

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that the suggestion was a “little bit urban legend” and that there was no “solid evidence” to support the theory after France’s health minister urged people to avoid the drug.

“I think it was a conflating of some medical issues … may be true, may not, but there’s no good scientific evidence that says ibuprofen can make coronavirus worse,” Fauci said in the ‘Pardon My Take’ podcast.

Paracetamol Shortage

Whether it is true or not, the supplies of Paracetamol have plummetted as shoppers have raided pharmacy and supermarket shelves. You could however still get Nurofen without any trouble, reflecting that the French Minister’s post had the desired effect.

When we asked our readers what they haven’t been able to buy in the shop, Children’s Panadol was high on the list, together with mince, asthma medication, milk, cat litter, wipes, toilet paper and bread.

Restrictions Now In Place

As a response, sales of children’s paracetamol will be limited to one per customer due to supply, according to Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly, who announced restrictions due to stockpiling.

Have you had a problem getting medication? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • I wonder how many people ended up throwing out out dated products from their panic buying back then


  • Such a pity that this was spruiked far and wide on social media. One should always check with your pharmacist before becoming upset with things read on social media.


  • I’ve been lucky my local pharmacy hasn’t run out of anything I’ve needed


  • I’ve always got ibuprofen and Panamax in my bathroom cupboard, so I’m set. I have a couple of boxes of ibuprofen, a 100 box of Panamax. A box of panadol osteo and a few maxigesic. So I’m set for a while


  • I hadn’t shopped for it, and when I thought I’d get a bottle for my kids just incase all panadol was sold out


  • There is a lot of confusion out there around this.


  • I did stock up on Disprin (for my migraines) and Panadol early. We actually don’t use Nurofen or Ibuprofen at all and Panadol is always my go-to for a cold or fever.


  • Nurofen is a great product – but I tend to only use it for my kids when teething.


  • It’s been so hard to find pain relief and I have 4 boys who at times need something. I’m running low hope this stops soon


  • I understand there’s no real proof either way, but I can understand not wanting to take the chance.


  • Thank you, i will happily continue to use nurofen – especially on my girls as I know that the anti-inflammatory properties will help open their airways and will be so much better for them if they ended up with the virus rather than panadol. Years of croupy kids has taught me that when they are having trouble breathing nurofen will always be recommended by my doctor and the first product I will reach for.


  • I’m hating all this hoarding people are doing. So selfish.


  • I can’t use Ibuprofen as it makes me ill and causes a lot of stomach pains. I just use normal panadol and now I can’t get any because have come from other towns and bought it all. I can’t believe how selfish people are being. Luckily I have been able to get my medications which I can’t do without


  • No problem getting medication but the local chemist told me even though I just refilled my pill script to go get another one just in case!


  • This is good to know


  • We brought a box pf adults and kids panadol about 3 weeks ago to make sure we were ready. I had a feeling this would happen.


  • After checking 3 pharmacy I gave up. It’s aN absolute joke. To late to put a Purchase limit on it… stores managers should have stopped people from
    Mass buying.


  • We don’t use nurofen in our house due to having asthma but it’s annoying that we also cannot get Panadol when we need it due to people being so inconsiderate at hard times


  • I always have paracetamol at home. It’s one of the few medicines we use.
    I’ve got my thyroid medication at home so I don’t need anything else at the pharmacy. For now at least.


  • We don’t use Nurofen in house anyway unless instructed by a Doctor, but it’s worrying that should we need kids Panadol you can’t get your hands on it readily. At least they’ve been fast to act on this panic buy and have strict limitations on number you can purchase.


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