Corona virus: Ibuprofen is thought to be a treatment for breathing problems.
Corona virus: Ibuprofen is thought to be a treatment for breathing problems.

Scientists are experimenting with the benefits of ibuprofen to coronavirus patients in hospitals.

A team from Guys and St Thomas Hospital and King's College in London is researching and believes the drug can cure breathing problems. Ibuprofen is widely used to relieve inflammation and pain.

Scientists hope that this cheap treatment will not allow patients to reach the ventilator.

In this trial called 'Libret', half of the patients in the hospital will be given ibuprofen with the usual treatment.

Patients will be given a specially formulated ibuprofen, which will differ from the commonly used ibuprofen. Some people are already using this medicine to treat diseases such as arthritis.

Animal research shows that this drug can be used to treat breathing problems. Patients most affected by coronavirus have serious breathing difficulties, among other complications.

"We need to test this drug to see if the results meet our expectations," said Professor Mittal Mehta, a member of the King's College team.

In the early days of the corona virus outbreak, there was concern that ibuprofen could be harmful to people with symptoms.

Concerns about ibuprofen increased when French Health Minister Olivier Vieran stated that anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen may be harmful to coronavirus patients. He advised patients to use paracetamol.

A subsequent review by the Human Medicine Commission found that the use of ibuprofen, such as paracetamol, is safe for corona virus symptoms. Both drugs can lower the patient's temperature and help flu-like symptoms.

The UK National Health Service or NHS says that people with mild symptoms should first use paracetamol because it has fewer side effects than ibuprofen and is a much safer drug. For example, patients with stomach ulcers should not use ibuprofen.


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