Whether it is preparing to use the COVID-19 vaccine or suffering from long-lasting side effects, officials have provided guidelines on taking various over-the-counter medications.
The CDC recommends that people discuss with their doctors taking over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or antihistamines to prevent any pain and discomfort after the vaccination.
However, the CDC does not recommend that people take such over-the-counter drugs or antihistamines before receiving the coronavirus vaccine to prevent side effects.
The CDC said: “If there is no other medical reason that prevents you from taking these drugs normally, you can take these drugs to reduce the side effects after vaccination.”
Health officials pointed out that it is not yet known how these drugs affect the effectiveness of the vaccine. For people who are taking drugs due to underlying diseases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends to continue taking them.
If you experience any of the following conditions, the CDC recommends that you seek medical care:
- If the redness or redness after shooting becomes worse after 24 hours
- If your side effects worry you or don’t seem to go away after a few days
- If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and think that you may have a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, please call 911 for immediate medical care.
Pfizer said that about 3.8% of clinical trial participants felt fatigue as a side effect, while 2% had headaches. Moderna said that 9.7% of participants felt tired and 4.5% felt headaches.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that common side effects of vaccination on the arm include:
Common side effects in the body include:
- Muscle pain
The CDC pointed out: “Both the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine require two injections to obtain maximum protection.” “Even if there are side effects after the first injection, the second injection should be given unless it is vaccinated. The provider or doctor of the vaccine tells you not to get it.”
To relieve pain at the injection site, CDC recommends using a clean, cool, wet towel on the surface. Health officials also recommend using or exercising the injected arm.