Should I take ibuprofen (e.g. Advil®) or acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol®) for side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine or will it change the effectiveness of the vaccine? If I took medications beforehand do I need to get the vaccine again or have antibody test

Question: 

Should I take ibuprofen (e.g. Advil®) or acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol®) for side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine or will it change the effectiveness of the vaccine? If I took medications beforehand do I need to get the vaccine again or have antibody testing to make sure it worked?

Answer: 

For most vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, it is not recommended for adults to take pain or fever-reducing medications beforehand. Medications (such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) should not be given before or during the vaccine appointment. Adults can take these medications for fever or soreness after receiving the vaccine if needed. Please read the HealthLinkBC file and BCCDC vaccine after care sheet. Check with your health care provider if you need advice about medication.

However, if you took ibuprofen or acetaminophen before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, you should continue with the appointment as planned and get your COVID-19 vaccine. You may have read that you should not take Advil or Tylenol before your COVID-19 vaccine. This information is based on some studies of children who were getting other vaccines, and not adults getting COVID-19 vaccines. We do not know if this applies to adults and the COVID-19 vaccines. Future studies are needed to look at how an adult’s immune system makes antibodies to any vaccine after taking these medications, including COVID-19 vaccines. Again, if you took pain or anti fever medications before your COVID-19 vaccine, you should still get the vaccine, the dose is still valid, and it does not need to be repeated. Please note that pregnant people requiring discomfort or fever control should use acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and not ibuprofen (Advil®).

 


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Date last reviewed: 
Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021