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Can I take painkillers before or after a COVID-19 vaccine?

Can I take painkillers before or after getting a COVID-19 vaccine? Health experts explain.

Posted: Mar 29, 2021 11:36 AM

Health experts advise against taking painkillers before getting a COVID-19 vaccine, but say they're OK to use afterward if symptom relief is needed and your doctor agrees.

Evidence on pain medicines and coronavirus vaccines is very limited.

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Some research suggests some medicines might curb the very immune system response the vaccine is trying to generate.

Arm soreness, fever and aches are signs the body is mounting a defense against the virus. Check with your doctor about painkiller use after a shot. Acetaminophen, or Tylenol, might be safer than some other types of pain medicines in this situation.

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