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

AP, March 25, 2021

March 25, 2021

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

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidance to recommend against painkillers before a COVID-19 shot. … If you’re already taking one of those medications for a health condition, you should not stop before you get the vaccine — at least not without asking your doctor, said Jonathan Watanabe, a [professor of clinical pharmacy] at the University of California, Irvine. If you’re looking to relieve symptoms after your shot, he added, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is better because it works in a different way than some other painkillers.