My sister still cycles. She has been fairly rational for about 10 days straight. She had the 1st vaccine Wednesday. Wednesday night she started slipping Back to the anger, cursing, “get me home” behavior signaling she is on the downward side of the cycle. Couldn’t see anything as side affects published, but wanted to see if anyone noticed a behavior change. Thanks
Thank you Lucky. I will at least be aware of this and perhaps BEFORE we get the shot we will both take a Tylenol. My doctor told us to do this before getting a flu shot, so since this is a viral issue, perhaps that would take care of any side effects.
Wow! Thank you for this note about taking over-the-counter meds. I, too, would not want to take anything that would weaken the pandemic med shot. I will do more checking on that and perhaps only take Tylenol if and when I have any problems. That is just another reason I am happy to have the advise of others and thankful for this website. Thank you so very much!!!
@A myALZteam Member, this is an article from the Cleveland Clinic - link is below. It also states if your not already taking pain reliever not to, but it also states that your side effects from the first shot show your immune system is working and that’s a good sign.
Common side effects from a COVID-19 vaccination
Dr. Abunasser says that a sore arm is pretty common and the soreness comes from the needle, not the actual vaccine. The soreness should go away in about a day or so. As for side effects of the vaccine, he states that some people have experienced headaches, fatigue, muscle aches or low-grade fevers.
“While these symptoms are obviously a nuisance to have, they’re actually good news because they indicate that your immune system is working. They’re signs that your immune system is activated and is producing antibodies. That’s a good thing to know.”
Just found this article:
I think the info about taking these meds before the vaccination should be better circulated, as I never gave it a thought. They say they should be stopped one or two days prior. Now I’m concerned, as I know I had Tylenol the day before.
@A myALZteam Member and @A myALZteam Member,
As info, we are getting our 2nd shot in 2 weeks, and I have seen seen some Drs. on CNN state something similiar to what is stated here on the University of California Irvine Covid FAQ site. We were fortunate that we had no symptoms on the first shot thou a little concern about the second shot but will be thrilled to be vaccinated.
Q. Should I take Tylenol or Motrin before my vaccination?
A. If you regularly take aspirin, acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) and ibuprofen (e.g., Motrin, Advil) for other medical conditions, continue to do so as directed by your physician or as needed. Otherwise, do not pre-medicate.
Taking over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen before receiving a vaccine may reduce its ability to work and blunt your immune response to the vaccine. After the vaccination, don't hesitate to take an over-the-counter medication if you have symptoms that make you uncomfortable.Dec 18, 2020
COVID-19 FAQ | UCI Health | Orange County, CA