Drugs to Combat COVID-19 May Harm If Used Without Physicians' Prescription

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Days ago, the news from social media revealed outcomes of a study in France, published on International Journal of Antimicrobial Agent that the use of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine, that treats malaria, rheumatoid arthritis, along with azithromycin or levofloxacin, which are antibiotics, kills COVID-19. However, realistically, the study still has academic limita-tions including a small sample size – a group of 20 participants, and there is no clinical proof to confirm its effectiveness to treat the infected.

Don’t buy yourself medicine

According to such news, there are more people, including public and those who are suspicious of COVID-19, who buy the medicines, , without medi-cal advice. This may cause serious damage to health or inaccurate diagnosis, perceiving infected ones to be germ-free and can live a normal life and spread the infection to others. Moreover, if COVID-19 patients receive an-tibiotics before the treatment, this may lead to serious illness and increased chance of death. If there is hoarding or over purchase and sale, there can be a lack of medicine for those in need of the medicine.

Severity of the side effect of the drugs

Chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine may lead to some side effects such as nausea, stomachache, diarrhea, itchy body, rashes or severe vision loss from damaged retina, and arrhythmia, which may lead to sudden death.

NBC TV station reports that a spouse in Arizona took chloroqui-nephosphate that they once had used to treat carps. As a result, they had to be hospitalised. The husband passed away. Banner Health, a non-profit health agency in Phoenix, US, likewise, reports this case on their website.

Therefore, drug intake should be under physician care or prescription. Don’t buy yourself medicine.


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