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Could the time of day impact the effectiveness of COVID-19 treatment?

Newswise Sep 15, 2020

For months, experts have warned against the use of anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, to treat COVID-19 symptoms. But could the timing of when this drug is taken play a role in its effectiveness?

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In a review report published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) suggest administering anti-inflammatory medications during the right time of day could impact the bodies response to the drug without interfering with the immune system’s fight against the virus.

“When we saw the controversy surrounding the use of ibuprofen, we wanted to fully understand why this drug was beneficial to some people, but having negative effects on others,” said Harry Karmouty-Quintana, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.

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