Do I need to discontinue my medications after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

Author: Neal Grimes  |  Last update: Saturday, November 20, 2021

COVID-19
Common question

Do I need to discontinue my medications after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

For most people, it is not recommended to avoid, discontinue, or delay medications that you are routinely taking for prevention or treatment of other medical conditions around the time of COVID-19 vaccination.

What pain medication can I take after the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control says that you can take over-the-counter pain medicine, such as ibuprofen (like Advil), aspirin, antihistamines or acetaminophen (like Tylenol), if you have side effects after getting vaccinated for Covid. As with any medication, the CDC recommends talking to your doctor first.

Can you take Tylenol or Advil after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, it's perfectly fine to take Tylenol or Advil after the COVID-19 vaccine. This is recommended by experts because it can help ease the side effects you might experience.

Can I take antibiotics after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

Can I take antibiotics after I get a vaccine?

Yes. If you need antibiotics for a bacterial infection, you should take them. They won't affect how well the vaccine works.

What happens if you take Tylenol before the COVID-19 vaccine?


Studies have shown that Tylenol (acetaminophen) and NSAIDs might have some effect on how the immune system works, but we don't know if this would cause COVID-19 vaccines to be less effective. To be extra cautious, it's best to avoid taking OTC pain relievers before you get your shot.

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What medications should be avoided before the COVID-19 vaccine?

It is not recommended you take over-the-counter medicine – such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen – before vaccination for the purpose of trying to prevent vaccine-related side effects.

Is it safe to take aspirin while taking the COVID-19 vaccine?

• If you take daily aspirin for cardiovascular or cerebrovascular protection do not skip your aspirin because of your COVID vaccine

How long will it take to build immunity after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second shot of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

Are antibiotics effective against COVID-19?

No. Antibiotics do not work against viruses; they only work on bacterial infections. Antibiotics do not prevent or treat COVID-19, because COVID-19 is caused by a virus, not bacteria.

Is it normal to feel sick after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

It is normal to feel sick after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
You may have a sore arm.
Put a cool, wet cloth on your sore arm.

Why does the COVID-19 vaccine cause arm pain?

Your body recognizes the protein as an antigen — something foreign — and starts reacting to it with inflammation at the injection site. This is why the first shot very commonly causes arm pain.

Are Tylenol, Advil and Motrin effective and safe to take for COVID-19 symptoms?

Tylenol (acetaminophen), Advil (ibuprofen), and Motrin (ibuprofen) are safe to take for COVID-19 symptoms as long as you follow the recommended dosage and do not have a condition that indicates you should not take these medications. Please consult with your health care provider if you are concerned whether these medications are safe for you to take.

Answered by Dr. Molly Fleece, MD

Is it normal to have side effects after second COVID-19 vaccine?

Side effects after your second shot may be more intense than the ones you experienced after your first shot. These side effects are normal signs that your body is building protection and should go away within a few days.

Should you take Benadryl before getting the COVID-19 vaccine?


Not a good idea, experts say. If you already take medications for allergies, such as antihistamine medicines, “you shouldn't stop them before your vaccination,” Kaplan says. There are no specific recommendations to take allergy medications like Benadryl before the vaccination, she says.

Can I take aspirin after having the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine?

It is not recommended to start taking aspirin or anti-clotting medication if you are not doing so already. Also, it is not recommended to stop these medications if you are already taking them.

How soon do side effects start after COVID-19 vaccine booster?

You probably experienced COVID-19 vaccine side effects fairly quickly when you had your initial injections. The same is true for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots: Most people notice side effects within the first 24 hours. The symptoms typically only last a day or two. Some people don’t notice any side effects.

Are there any FDA-approved drugs for COVID-19?

Yes, the FDA has approved Veklury (remdesivir) for certain COVID-19 patients.

What treatments are available for COVID-19?

On October 22, 2020, the FDA approved the antiviral drug Veklury (remdesivir) for use in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older and weighing at least 40 kg) for the treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization.

How can I treat symptoms of COVID-19 at home?

Your healthcare provider might recommend the following to relieve symptoms and support your body’s natural defenses:

• Taking medications, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to reduce fever
• Drinking water or receiving intravenous fluids to stay hydrated
• Getting plenty of rest to help the body fight the virus

How long after COVID-19 vaccine booster shot does immunity increase?

Antibodies from a booster shot will wane over time—but that doesn't mean your immune protection has disappeared. Antibody levels decline with all vaccines, scientists say. The body produces an initial burst of antibodies, peaking one or two weeks after a booster shot.

Does the COVID-19 vaccine immunity last for life?


How long does protection from a COVID-19 vaccine last? It's not yet known how long COVID-19 vaccine protection lasts. Recent studies show that protection against the virus may decrease over time.

How does the COVID-19 vaccine boost your immune system?

Vaccines work by stimulating your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. After getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that disease, without having to get the disease first.

Can COVID-19 vaccines increase my blood pressure?

Answered by cardiologist and cardiovascular medicine expert Daniel Anderson, MD, PhD:

So far, no data suggests that COVID-19 vaccines cause an increase in blood pressure. Remember that increased blood pressure after vaccination might not mean cause and effect.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe if you have heart problems?

Not only are the vaccines safe for people with a history of heart disease, they are essential. People with heart disease are at increased risk of severe complications from COVID-19.

Can you get lower back pain from the COVID-19 vaccine?

“Some people may even experience muscle soreness, aches, and pain after the COVID vaccine, which is normal and means that their immune system is doing its work.”

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