The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new warning out about whether or not to take medication before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

What’s going on?

The CDC said people should avoid taking medications such as Tylenol or Motrin — also known as acetaminophen or anti-inflammatory drugs — before getting a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Antipyretic or analgesic medications (e.g., acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can be taken for the treatment of post-vaccination local or systemic symptoms, if medically appropriate. However, routine prophylactic administration of these medications for the purpose of preventing post-vaccination symptoms is not currently recommended, because information on the impact of such use on mRNA COVID-19 vaccine-induced antibody responses is not available at this time.”

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People might take medications before the vaccine due to worries over discomfort, according to WKBN. But the CDC recommends against doing so.

However ...

Jonathan Watanabe, a pharmacist at the University of California, Irvine, told NBC News you shouldn’t stop taking these drugs before a vaccine if you need them for a specific medical condition.

  • He said people shouldn’t take pain killers as a preventative measure, though.
  • “If you don’t need to take it, you shouldn’t,” Watanabe said, per NBC News.