Alert! Taking Paracetamol is dangerous after Vaccine, know the reason here

Bharat Biotech Covaxin: Hyderabad-based manufacturer Bharat Biotech whose vaccine Covaxin is being administered to adolescents on Wednesday said it is not advisable to take any paracetamol or pain relievers after receiving the Covaxin vaccine. Is given.
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Alert! Taking Paracetamol is dangerous after Vaccine, know the reason here 

Bharat Biotech Covaxin: Hyderabad-based manufacturer Bharat Biotech whose vaccine Covaxin is being administered to adolescents on Wednesday said it is not advisable to take any paracetamol or pain relievers after receiving the Covaxin vaccine. Is given.


Like any vaccine, the Covid-19 vaccine can cause side effects, most of which are mild or moderate, and normalize after a few days. While many people are attracted to using pain relievers or paracetamol. Experts are against their regular use and say not to take it without medical advice.


Bharat Biotech said in a tweet, we have received feedback that some immunization centers are recommending three Paracetamol 500 mg tablets along with Covaxin for children. No paracetamol or pain killers are recommended after Covaxin vaccine. Bharat Biotech said that through its clinical trials on 30,000 individuals, about 10-20% have reported side effects. Most were mild and resolved within a day or two while they did not require medication. According to Bharat Biotec, the drug is recommended only in consultation with a physician.

Take medicine only on doctor's advice

A company spokesperson quoted a study published in The Lancet in November 2021 as saying that Covaxin is well tolerated. Paracetamol is not required unless specifically told by the doctors for people who have taken the vaccine. The spokesperson said the contrast events measured based on available data from trials in adults studied in children (2-18 years) were similar to other inactivated vaccines and were much lower than vaccines using other platforms. If there is slight swelling, one can have a better antibody response. Leading immunologist Dr Gagandeep Kang said, if one gives an anti-inflammatory drug immediately after vaccination, the antibody response can be reduced. There are studies that have shown that prescribing to give paracetamol or any other anti-inflammatory drug immediately after vaccination will slightly reduce the immune response.

Tips to avoid taking paracetamol

Dr. Sanjay Pujari, member of the Indian Council of Medical Research's (ICMR) National Task Force on COVID-19, said that the side effects of vaccines are not very frequent, mostly mild. All returns to normal within 1-2 days. He said that it is not known how other anti-inflammatory drugs like paracetamol can affect the way the vaccine works. So regular use of these medicines before or after taking the vaccine is not advisable.

What is a Pediatrician

Dr. Umesh Vaidya, Pediatrician, Regional Medical Director (West), Cloudnine Hospitals, said paracetamol is not routinely given unless there is a high fever. He said that children tolerate vaccines better than adults. Regarding paracetamol, he said, this drug has been in use in children for more than 100 years. It is the safest medicine in pediatrics. Therefore, there is no harm in giving paracetamol in case of fever after vaccination. According to Dr. Amit Dravid, Infectious Disease Consultant, there may be concern regarding the hepatotoxicity of paracetamol in children. It is a poisonous medicine for the liver. Therefore it should not be a broad rule that the drug should be given only if symptoms appear after vaccination.

why side effects

Vaccine side effects are a common indication that the body is completely protected. These can affect one's ability to perform daily activities but mostly go away within a few days. According to the December 16, 2021 update from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some people have no side effects and the allergic reaction is difficult. Common side effects are pain, redness, swelling, headache, muscle pain, fever, nausea. The CDC says anyone taking an over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin (only for people over the age of 18) or antihistamines for any pain discomfort experienced after vaccination should consult a doctor. Talking is required. It is not recommended to take medicines before vaccination in hopes of avoiding side effects. According to the CDC, it is not known how these drugs could affect the way the vaccine works. However, if medicines are taken regularly for other reasons then they should be taken before vaccination.