Should you take paracetamol before the COVID-19 vaccination?

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Should you take paracetamol before the COVID-19 vaccination?

Should you take paracetamol before the COVID-19 vaccination?

Should you take paracetamol before the COVID-19 vaccination?

After a long wait finally, vaccination has started in several parts of the world. Along with the vaccination, there are stories of different types of experiences people are having after the vaccination,

The reaction or response of your body to the vaccine will vary from the first dose to the second dose. Usually, the pain, fever, and other responses are more severe after the second dose.

It seems a smart idea to take paracetamol (Calpol/Dolo) before getting the vaccine. Many people including doctors are doing this to avoid or decrease the pain or fever which can develop after vaccination.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. is telling people not to take pain medications like paracetamol before getting their COVID-19 vaccines.

Experts suggest that there is a possibility that these medications like pain killers may result in a decrease in the antibody response. Although it is not known as to in what percentage of people the antibody formation may be affected by these medications leading to less vaccine response.

It is better to treat the symptoms you develop after vaccination rather than taking preventive therapy.

The side effects like – body pain, fever, and chills are caused as the body's immune system gets activated up to fight the virus, which is just what's needed.

Before getting vaccinated, people need to understand that the symptoms are transient, they're self-resolving, it is not a complication. If need be, it can be treated.

The other medications which should be avoided before vaccination are anti-allergic as it will mask the allergic reaction which rarely develops and can be serious. These medications will delay the diagnosis of severe allergic reactions.

 

Dr. Rakesh Rai. MS, FRCS, MD, CCT, ASTS Fellow.

www.myvirtualhospital.com