COVID-19: Hydroxychloroquine Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

Hydroxcholoroquine has also had few side effects which need to be borne in mind before using it for Coronavirus patient.

COVID-19: Hydroxychloroquine Uses, Dosage & Side Effects
COVID-19: Hydroxychloroquine Uses, Dosage & Side Effects.

Use of Hydroxychloroquine Tablets (C18H26ClN3O) for Coronavirus treatment has been approved by ICMR or Indian Council of Medical Research Department of Health Research Chief by Dr. Balaram Bhargava, graduated in medicine (MBBS) followed by MD & DM with specialization in cardiology and working previously as Professor of cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (AIIMS) Though The World Health organization has been paused or cautioned on using the above medicines due to their side effect elements. But our Health Ministry & ICMR has taken sufficient precautions by conducting various surveys & tests among nearly 1000 patients with sufficient observations. Though Hydroxcholoroquine medicine was used to treat Malaria which is caused by Mosquitoes still hold a supplemental drug for COVID-19 or Coronavirus treatment. 

The authors reported that among patients receiving the drug used alone or with a macrolide the mortality rate is high. 

The Executive Group of Solidarity Trial representing 10 of the participating countries has agreed to review a comprehensive analysis and critical appraisal of all evidence available globally will be evaluated and find the benefits and harms from using this drug. But the use of drugs has been temporarily paused at the Global level. But every person in the world should be aware of using any kind of drugs and know the benefits and side effects of the drugs. 

But Hydroxcholoroquine has also had few side effects which need to be borne in mind before using. Pregnant woman & Children’s below the age of 13 years should not take this drug at any cost only under the advice and guidance from the doctors provided before taking this tablet a patients’ needs to take ECG which is going to cost from Rs.130 to Rs.300/- minimum charges need to keep in mind, Do not take two-dose at the same time. 

As public in general needs to be aware of the Drug's side effects. What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away? WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect: 

For all uses of Hydroxychloroquine: Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.

Signs of low blood sugar, like dizziness, headache, feeling sleepy, feeling weak, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, hunger, or sweating.

  • Seizures.
  • Mood changes.
  • If you are planning to harm yourself or the want to harm yourself gets worse.
  • Ringing in the ears, hearing loss, or any other changes in hearing.
  • Change in balance.
  • Trouble controlling body movements.
  • Shakiness.
  • Muscle weakness,
  • Not able to control the eye movements.

Heart problems like heart failure and a certain abnormal heartbeat (prolonged QT interval) have happened with Hydroxychloroquine. Sometimes, these heart problems were deadly. Call your doctor right away if you have a fast or abnormal heartbeat; very bad dizziness or passing out; or shortness of breath, a big weight gain, or swelling in the arms or legs.

A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
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