ICMR Advises Against NSAIDs, Says Some Painkillers Found To
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Some painkillers like Ibuprofen are found to worsen Covid-19, known to be harmful to heart failure patients and may increase risk of kidney damage, the ICMR said as it advised against taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and recommended taking paracetamol, if needed, during the disease.

Listing a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for patients with hypertension, diabetes and heart diseases, the ICMR said currently there is no evidence that BP medications -- two group of drugs ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) -- increase the susceptibility or severity of Covid-19.

Over reports of BP medications increasing the severity of the disease, the apex health research body said, "After the review of available information, the consensus of various scientific societies and expert group of cardiologists is that currently there is no evidence the two group of drugs -- ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) increase the susceptibility or severity of Covid-19."

"These drugs are very effective for heart failure by supporting heart function and controlling high blood pressure. It maybe be harmful to stop these medications by yourself. This can worsen your heart condition," the ICMR said. On whether patients with heart disease, diabetes or hypertension are at an increased risk to get the infection, the apex health research body said.

On whether people with diabetes are more prone to Covid-19, the ICMR said that in general, people with uncontrolled diabetes are at an increased risk of all infections. Hence, the ICMR advised following a diet and exercise routine, taking medications regularly and testing sugar levels frequently so as to keep diabetes under control.

It is also important to control risk factor levels, the ICMR said, adding avoid smoking and alcohol, have BP and blood sugar levels under control and have some form of regular physical activity keeping in mind social distancing norms. "Wear a mask if a visitor comes to your home who is not a member of your household. Clean your hands before and after using a mask, and before touching it while still in use. Change the mask if it is soiled or wet, and dispose it properly in a trash bin," the document said.

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