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Is it safe to take acetaminophen/Tylenol to treat coronavirus symptoms?

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Yes, you can. There has been a little confusion about the best over the counter treatments for COVID-19 symptoms. The WHO initially recommended using acetaminophen instead of ibuprofen to help reduce fever and aches and pains related to this coronavirus infection, but now states that either acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be used. If you choose acetaminophen, make sure your total dose does not exceed 3,000 milligrams per day. Some people that have liver disease should not use acetaminophen and some conditions require a much lower dose, so talk to your doctor about proper dosing.

If you suspect or know you have COVID-19 and cannot take acetaminophen, or have taken the maximum dose and still need symptom relief, taking over-the-counter ibuprofen does not need to be specifically avoided, based on the information we have right now.

World Health Organization

Harvard Health: Coronavirus Resource Center

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 14, 2020

World Health Organization

Harvard Health: Coronavirus Resource Center

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 14, 2020

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