Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the cause of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a highly pathogenic and sometimes fatal respiratory disease responsible for the current 2020 global pandemic. Presently, there remains no effective vaccine nor efficient treatment strategies against COVID-19. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are medicines very widely used to alleviate fever, pain and inflammation (common symptoms of COVID-19 patients) through effectively blocking production of prostaglandins (PGs) via inhibition of cyclooxygenase enzymes. PGs can exert either pro- or anti-inflammatory effects depending on the inflammatory scenario. In this review, we implicate the potential roles that NSAIDs and PGs may play during SARS-CoV-2 infection and the development and progression of COVID-19.


© 2020 The Authors. British Journal of Pharmacology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Pharmacological Society This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Cite as

Robb, C., Goepp, M., Rossi, A. & Yao, C. 2020, 'Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, prostaglandins and COVID-19', British Journal of Pharmacology, 177(21), pp. 4899-4920. https://doi.org/10.1111/bph.15206

Downloadable citations

Download HTML citationHTML Download BIB citationBIB Download RIS citationRIS
Last updated: 03 September 2022
Was this page helpful?