Hydroxychloroquine and treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Hydroxychloroquine 200 mg

What is this medicine?

Hydroxychloroquine is the medicine that is creating headlines all over the world especially in USA , Europe and India also.
Hydroxychloroquine is the first approved for treating malaria caused by a parasite. It has a very similar structure to that of chloroquine. This drug was first approved by the FDA in 1949.

What do scientists and doctors think?
Doctors and scientists do recommend this drug as a safety regulation for protection against high viral load caused by COVID 19 only for healthcare providers like doctors, nurses, etc and should not be taken without a proper doctor’s prescription.

Hydroxychloroquine side effects
Hydroxychloroquine are mainly available in tabs and their side effect includes headache, dizziness, tinnitus, loss of appetite, weight loss, skin rashes, hair loss, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, in extreme cases loss of vision and cardiac arrest.
Hydroxychloroquine tab uses

Hydroxychloroquine is used in conditions like malaria, lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.

Hydroxychloroquine doses

Should be taken orally.

Hydroxychloroquine interactions

Hydroxychloroquine interacts with digoxin and increases the level of digoxin in the body.

It reacts with insulin to cause hypoglycemia.
Other malarial drugs
If used with other anti malarial drugs like mefloquine can cause seizures.
Immunosuppressant drugs
It increases the side effects of cyclosporin.
Hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of coronavirus
Hydroxychloroquine is not an FDA approved drug for the treatment or cure of coronavirus COVID 19.
More and more data is needed for the proper efficacy and safety of hydroxychloroquine. Another tried for the treatment of COVID 19 was Ramdisivir which is an antiviral drug.
Good results were seen when hydroxychloroquine was used in combination with azithromycin. Information about the treatment of coronavirus is rapidly changing and soon recent treatments will be available for the treatment of COVID 19.

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