Ibuprofen and coronavirus, should military medicine be concerned?

Ibuprofen, sometimes referred to by the brand name Motrin or “Grunt Candy,” is a beloved cure-all used by military medicine. Medics and military doctors are famous for prescribing ibuprofen for everything from a sprained ankle to more serious ailments. Similarly, some “Docs” have posted on their social media for troops to take Motrin and drink water if they have coronavirus concerns.
However, France’s Health Minister Olivier Veran recently tweeted “taking anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen) could be an aggravating factor of the infection (COVID-19).”
Veran went on to say “We repeat that the treatment of a fever or of pain linked to COVID-19 or to any other respiratory viral disease should be paracetamol (known in the US as acetaminophen)”
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated they are aware of the tweet. Howbeit, they said they were unaware of any studies or literature that supports such a claim. Furthermore, other medical organizations have voiced concerns over a lack of evidence.
The conflicting reports have left many confused. As a result, we asked our old Corpsman for some tried and true medical advice. He offered some interesting alternatives to taking Motrin.
  • Wearing a PT belt.
  • Taking a knee and punching yourself in the face.
  • Completing your online training.

We are not sure as to the effectiveness of these suggestions, but are excited to give them a try.

Notably, ibuprofen is the most prescribed drug by military medicine. If Motrin does prove to be harmful for coronavirus, it will be important for troops to know. Many soldiers take the pain killer daily. Additionally, it is common for Joes to have large bottles of ibuprofen at the ready.

Certainly, we will continue to watch this story as it develops. Until then, change your socks and drink water.

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4 thoughts on “Ibuprofen and coronavirus, should military medicine be concerned?”

  1. Yes in the marines we were given ibuprofen for everything. Back in April of 2019 I lost part of my thumb in a work accident and I was given strong ibuprofen for the pain. I have to be hurting bad before I’ll take anything.

  2. As a former Corpsman(FMF) now RN if you have a fever it is important to seek medical advice from a medical professional. Sometimes doctors, PAs, and DNPs find it necessary to rotate NSAIDs and antipyretic medications to keep fever down. So please ALWAYS seek medical advice from a medical professional, never from a tweet or facebook post.

  3. “Take a knee and punch yourself in the face?!” Okay, I’m not sure how medically sound that advice may have been, but it was damn funny, I’ll give you that! Seriously though, in the past when I’m feeling achy and/or feverish, I’ve taken acetaminophen (paracetamol) with favorable results. Also, you can take it (acetaminophen)on an empty stomach, whereas Ibuprofen should be taken with food or milk to prevent tearing up your stomach.

  4. Parisa Parsakalleh

    “Wearing a PT belt, taking a knee and punching yourself in the face”. All great suggestions over pain killers!

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