What medication should I take for Covid?

Nursing a case of Covid-19? These medicines should help (Picture: Getty)

Despite the UK being pretty much back to normal, catching Covid-19 is still very much a reality.

Although it is rare that you will need to be hospitalised with Covid-19, nursing your illness at home is still not a pleasant experience.

There is currently no cure for Covid-19, but there are some steps you can take in order to relieve yourself of the symptoms.

Here are the medicines you should be taking.

What medication should I take for Covid?

There have been reports of ibuprofen making Covid-19 worse, but the Commission on Human Medicines has confirmed that these claims are unsubstantiated.

Woman takes a tablet

You can take ibuprofen and paracetamol if you have Covid (Picture: Getty)

The NHS website states that it is safe to take paracetamol and ibuprofen to treat symptoms of Covid-19.

The treatment method you need will vary depending on your symptoms.

High temperature

The NHS recommends the following to treat to a high temperature:

If you have a high temperature, it can help to:

  • Lots of rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration
  • Take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you feel uncomfortable

You can also try taking a fever reducer, such as acetaminophen, to help bring it down.

If your high temperature develops into a fever or refuses to nudge, then you should call 111.


It is recommended by the NHS that you treat a cough with a simple teaspoon of honey – this can be eaten raw, or dissolved into a cup of hot water with some lemon juice.

If your cough persists, then you should contact a pharmacist for advice on cough syrups.

You can also try a herbal medicine called pelargonium, or sucking on some cough sweets.

When suffering from a cough, it is best to avoid lying on your back – instead, lie on your side or sit upright.

If your cough lasts for at least four weeks, then you should call 111 or make an appointment with your GP.

What medication is the NHS offering to vulnerable people with Covid?

The NHS has started offering high-risk people who have Covid-19 antibody and antiviral treatments.

The treatments available are nirmatrelvir and ritonavir (Paxlovid), sotrovimab (Xevudy), remdesivir (Veklury), and molnupiravir (Lagevrio).

The NHS website states: ‘These treatments can help some people manage their Covid symptoms and reduce the risk of becoming seriously ill. They are for people who have not been admitted to hospital.’

Who can have the Covid treatments?

People who are at the highest risk of becoming seriously unwell with Covid-19 are eligible to be offered the new antibody and antiviral treatments.

According to the NHS, the people who are at a higher risk include people with Down’s syndrome, sickle cell disease, HIV or AIDS, chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 4 or 5, or certain types of cancer.

Additionally, people who have had certain types of chemotherapy in the last 12 months, had radiotherapy in the last 6 months, or had an organ transplant are also at risk.

Finally, other people who would be eligible are people with a severe liver condition, a rare condition affecting the brain or nerves, certain autoimmune or inflammatory conditions, or a condition or treatment that makes you more likely to get infections.

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