Coronavirus: Drugs to avoid

        Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause symptoms ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). A new coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not yet been identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, that is, they are transmitted from animals to humans. Detailed investigations have revealed that SARS-CoV is transmitted from civet to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary to humans. Several known coronaviruses that have not yet infected humans are circulating in some animals.

Common signs of infection are respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and dyspnea. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations for preventing the spread of infection include washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and thoroughly cooking the meat and eggs. Close contact with anyone with symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing should be avoided.
Coronavirus: drugs to avoid

         • Medicines containing ibuprofen sold in France: Advil®, Antarène®, Rhinadvil®, Spedifen®, Upfen®, Nurofen® ... and their generics. These products are widely used in self-medication against pain and fever. To avoid misuse and limit the risk of infectious complications, these drugs are no longer available in self-service pharmacies since January 15, after a warning from the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and health products (ANSM). They remain available without a prescription, but they must be asked to the pharmacist, who must advise on the dosage and the precautions for use.

        • Cortisone-based medications taken by mouth (Prednisone® and Cortancyl®) are also likely to worsen the infection.
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