Hydroxychloroquine is a medicine used for the treatment of patients suffering from malaria, lupus, and arthritis and in the areas where malaria is conscious of chloroquine. Doctors generally ask for a blood test to know that the liver and kidneys are functioning normally before prescribing it.
It is taken in the form of a tablet with your meal or after the meal. It does not react rapidly. It takes a few weeks to show the result.
Side effects of this medicine are not generally found. Although it has some side effects like –
- Rashes in the skin mostly caused due to sunlight
- Feeling ill or indigestion
- Eye Problems
- Hair loss
- Ear Problems
There is a small risk in it for the retina of our eye too. It increases with the use for a long time generally.
Well, hydroxychloroquine had big attention towards it when it was promoted by Donald Trump, and controversies took place after its research that involved 11,000 patients having coronavirus in hospitals in the UK. But there was no benefit found in the patients suffering from coronavirus with the use of hydroxychloroquine and it has now been removed from the testing.
There is some hope that it can be effective if it is used on the person who gets the virus, but before it comes to the condition of the patient getting hospitalized. Although there is no clear information about it.
Food And Drug Administration asked not to use hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients due to the possibility of heart problems.
Dr. Scott Atlas a member of the White House COVID-19 task force says hydroxychloroquine got a bad reputation due to politics, media, and few worse medical research.
He also said that hydroxychloroquine is not yet proven to be used as a treatment for coronavirus but challenged those people who blamed Donald Trump.
Hydroxychloroquine is completely safe and not at all dangerous for people said Dr.Atlas. It has been used for many years to treat a disease like malaria and it is a very safe drug.
So, it is not yet clear whether we should use hydroxychloroquine or not? Lets hope we get some proven results soon to find a cure for the novel coronavirus from which the world is suffering.