UNDER STUDY FOR COVID-19
Hydroxychloroquine (HCQS), along with its byproduct drug Chloroquine, is still under study, and it is tagged for the possible treatments for COVID-19. This drug is only used out of circumstances, and it is still not approved by the FDA. Do not use these medications to treat COVID-19 unless your doctor specifically recommends you to do so. If you carefully follow through the descriptions, you will discover that this drug also has a brand name: Plaquenil. Hydroxychloroquine, which is used for possible treatments for COVID-19, comes in the form of oral tablets. It is suggested that you do not use these medications to treat COVID-19 unless your doctor specifically recommends that you do so.
- KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN- Accidental consumption is fatal for children.
- SKIN CONCERNS- if you are prone to skin infections like porphyria or psoriasis, make sure you inform your doctor.
- EYE DAMAGE- Hydroxychloroquine medication can also affect your eyes and vision (it can get worse if the drug is swallowed in high doses)
- HEART DAMAGE- It can cause heart disease.
What is Hydroxychloroquine?
Hydroxychloroquine is widely used to combat COVID-19, and it is a medication drug. Usually, it is in the form of oral tablets, also known as HCQS tablets. For further information, you can check the HCQS’s price in India on official websites for medicines. A generic version of this prescription HCQS tablet is also available. Hydroxychloroquine is widely used to prevent malaria and other autoimmune diseases.
Why and how is it used?
We have heard about the possible association of hydroxychloroquine with coronavirus, but the same virus is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, and malaria.
You might be wondering about hydroxychloroquine tablet uses since we have heard about it a million times in the last few days. It was later discovered that chloroquine could inhibit the growth of coronavirus from carrier cells.
Notably, the hydroxychloroquine tablet uses are dynamic as they cure skin problems (in lupus) and control swelling or pain in arthritis. The HCQ for coronavirus also has the properties of antimalarial drugs. If you are already taking some drugs, then it is advised to take HCQ for coronavirus at least before or after 4 hours. It is because other drugs can bind with hydroxychloroquine and cause serious health problems. The prescription drug hydroxychloroquine for COVID19 is still under study, and it is recommended to seek medical help.
What are the special precautions one needs to take?
Before consumption, it is important to understand the precautions to take while taking hydroxychloroquine.
- If you are allergic to hydroxychloroquine or its substitute, inform your doctor.
- Analyze the drugs, nutritional supplements, vitamins, or other products that you are planning to take when you are under medication.
- If you are already on antacids, make sure to take them 4 hours early or late for hydroxychloroquine.
- If you have faced sudden vision issues while on medication, inform your doctor.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, make sure to inform the doctor.
How safe is hydroxychloroquine?
Hydroxychloroquine warnings- Hydroxychloroquine is indeed a known drug, but it still comes with lots of complications if not taken carefully.
Allergy warning- if you are an allergic person, do not take this drug until your prescriber considers it. In case you develop any symptoms of swelling, trouble in breathing, or hives call for help immediately. If you have ever had a history of an allergic reaction, do not take this drug.
Alcohol interaction warning- Alcohol consumption while on medication can harm the liver, and it can adversely affect hydroxychloroquine that is working on your system. Even if you are an alcohol consumer, make sure you do not drink while on medication.
Warnings for people with certain health conditions- Hydroxychloroquine is not at all safe for people having heart abnormality, vision problems (especially around the retina), and also can potentially damage the kidney and liver.
Warnings for elders, kids & pregnant women- This drug should be necessarily avoided in pregnancy. Traces of this drug pass through the bloodstream of pregnant mothers as well as during breastfeeding as it gets passed through the breast milk. However, its effect on breastfeeding is still not clear, but make sure the doctor knows about it. This drug can be dangerous for children (considering how young they are).
What are the side effects of hydroxychloroquine?
The drug can have various adverse effects. Hence you need to make sure you know about them to superimpose HCQ side effects.
Common hydroxychloroquine side effects:
- Headache or slight dizziness after swallowing HCQ tab
- Loss of appetite
- Severe or minimal diarrhea, nausea
- Stomach pain and continuous vomiting
- Rashes or skin redness
There can be serious HCQ side effects as well.
Serious side effects:
- Decrease or total loss of consciousness
- Thoughts of killing or causing harm to yourself
- Irregular heartbeat
- Extreme mental changes
- Difficulty or almost zero in vision and hearing