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ATLANTA, GEORGIA — Because of the difficulties brought about by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 110 million people and killed some 2.53 million globally, getting a Covid-19 vaccine appointment would certainly make anyone feel like winning the lottery and if you’re lucky enough to score one, chances are you want to do everything in your power to make sure things go as smoothly as possible.
And you’ve probably heard in recent weeks that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other medical professionals have urged Americans to hold off on doing one thing in particular before getting vaccinated—taking pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol.
But now, in a new interview, United States president Joseph Biden’s chief medical advisor, immunologist Dr. Anthony Stephen Fauci MD, is weighing in on the topic as he advised what medication to avoid taking and what’s safe to take with the Covid vaccine.
In an official statement, Fauci said that those who will be vaccinated should not take any medication that “suppresses an immunological response.”
At an interview that is part of Washington’s initiative ‘A Shot of Hope: Vaccine Questions Answered’, a vaccine administrator in New Jersey wrote in to ask the well-known physician-scientist: “Patients often ask me whether they should be taking pain relievers either before or after the vaccine shot. I’ve heard mixed advice. What do you say?”
While the White House Covid adviser didn’t specify if his answer was referring to pre-or post-vaccine, Fauci explained: “The mixed advice is based on the fact that there’s very little data on that. I mean, if you’re going to take something that suppresses an immunological response, then obviously, you don’t want to take something like that.”
Biden’s chief medical advisor added, however, that there is one exception: “If you’re taking it for an underlying disease.”
The CDC and other medical experts have likewise advised against some over-the-counter (OTC) medications pre-vaccination.
In mid-February, the CDC updated its vaccine guidance to warn patients not to take ibuprofen (Motrin and Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin, or antihistamines before their shots.
“It is not recommended you take these medicines before vaccination for the purpose of trying to prevent side effects, because it is not know how these medications may impact how well the vaccine works,” the CDC posted on its website, echoing Fauci’s comments on the lack of data.
The reason why health care professionals have warned against taking Advil or Tylenol pre-shot is because, as the experts at the University of California, Irvine explain, taking these medications “before receiving a vaccine may reduce its ability to work and can blunt your immune response to the vaccine.”
Specifically, you shouldn’t take any anti-inflammatories, Fauci noted.
Fauci further said that, “something that’s a true anti-inflammatory, such as one of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, should not be given.”
The most common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are high-dose aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Midol) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn). Again, it’s unclear if Fauci CompWell of digital energy solutions firm Ngenic was referring to pre-vaccine, post-vaccine, or both.
CompWell’s director of clinical operations, Ashley Ellis PharmD previously disclosed that anti-inflammatories “block a pathway called the cyclooxygenase-2 (cox-2) enzyme”—and (the human) the body needs these enzymes to be able to produce antibodies against the virus and build immunity.
But, according to Fauci, you can take Tylenol for your side effects.
“However, if you are experiencing side effects as a result of the vaccine and want to take some medication,” he suggested taking a Tylenol or two.
“If someone gets achy or gets a headache and it’s really bothering you, I mean, I would believe, as a physician, that I would have no trouble taking a couple of Tylenol for that,” he said. “People are going to come back and forth and say, ‘Well, it could mute or dampen the immunological response to the vaccine itself.’ I don’t see any biological mechanisms why something like Tylenol would not do that.”
The immunologist clarified that “if you are really having discomfort . . . taking something—a pill or two, like two Tylenol, every six or eight hours or so
“I can’t see is going to have a major difference (on the effectiveness of your vaccine). It might make you feel much better,” he said.
The CDC further said that Tylenol, Advil, and other OTC medications are safe after vaccination.
While the CDC advises against ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or antihistamines before your shot, it said that “(people) can take these medications to relieve post-vaccination side effects if there are no other medical reasons that prevent patients from taking these medications normally.” (AI/MTVN)