Bringing a partial end to the uncertainties regarding the path of COVID-19, many states in the US have begun distributing vaccinations. However, there has been much confusion about whether the consumption of popular pain-relief medication is safe after one has received the Coronavirus vaccine. After much debate, experts have confirmed that it is ‘perfectly fine’ to use pain-relief medications such as Advil and Tylenol for treating the aftereffects of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, there is a noticeable consensus that the same drugs aren’t the best before taking the COVID-19 shots.
As made public earlier, the COVID-19 vaccinations will cause several aftereffects, including fever, body aches and headache. These are typical symptoms of an external material making its way inside the body, and there is nothing to worry about. Experts add that the aftereffects of the COVID-19 can be considered proof of how the immune system stays functional. However, ever since people started showing these symptoms, there’s been much discussion on the potential impacts of using painkillers to relieve pain. Some experts had used some previously conducted study to claim that the use of Advil and Tylenol can affect the materialization of the vaccine. However, this is one of the grey areas in the medical literature.
Based on the available literature, the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization had said that people should avoid the use of pain-relief medication before the vaccination or right after the vaccine was administered. However, the same agencies had recommended the use of Advil and Tylenol if there were persistent symptoms. Some studies have also shown that pain relievers will have a notable impact on how the COVID-19 vaccine generates the necessary antibodies in the human body. Thus, it was inferred that there should be sufficient distance between the administration of the vaccine dosage and the intake of such medication.
The real problem here is that not many robust studies can establish the impact of painkillers on how effective the COVID-19 vaccine is. While there are indications regarding an altered response to the drug, we can’t be sure whether painkillers would defeat the vaccination’s purpose altogether. This is why experts do not want to stop people from taking painkillers overall. Dr Colleen Kelly, an associate professor at the Emory University School of Medicine, is one of the experts who believe that it’s entirely healthy to consume painkillers if a person feels severe symptoms after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It’s perfectly fine to take NSAIDs or Tylenol if you are feeling unwell after vaccination. The symptoms you are experiencing indicate that your immune system is functioning normally and that the immune response is ongoing,” Dr Kelley was quoted saying by USA Today. Other experts also indicate that people who weren’t prohibited from taking painkiller medication had shown the same immunologic response and efficacy of the vaccine during the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna trials conducted in the past months. To sum up, all these opinions indicate that it won’t be a bad idea to take Advil or Tylenol if you develop the aftereffects symptoms of the COVID-19 shots.