FAQs about chloroquine and remdesivir.
With the number of Covid-19 cases still increasing worldwide, the chase is on to find effective treatments for this infectious disease.
Plasmodium falciparum, which causes a particularly severe form of malaria, any more.This is because there is now widespread resistance of this parasite to chloroquine.It is important to note that chloroquine has an extremely long half-life, meaning that it can last in the body for a long time.
It is only given by mouth once a week for the prevention of malaria, and should only be prescribed by a doctor.Hydroxy-chloroquine is an analogue of chloroquine and is less toxic.It is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and porphyria cutanea tarda.
I was scared when I heard about the man who took chloroquine and died, while his wife become very sick. What happened to them?This American couple actually took a version of chloroquine that is only meant to treat aquarium fish for certain diseases.This treatment for fish is not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), by the way.
They did not consult a doctor before taking it and probably didn’t know how toxic it could be.As mentioned earlier, chloroquine (the type meant for humans) is only supposed to be taken once a week for the prevention of malaria, if you are travelling to an endemic area.
Many travellers who go into rainforests and such places take it as prophylaxis (prevention).Most people are not used to taking medicines once a week; they are used to taking medicines every day, but this is not so for chloroquine!The dosage for an adult to prevent malaria is 300mg base (500mg salt).
If you actually have malaria, then the dosage will vary.For acute malaria, the doctor will prescribe one dose immediately.This is followed by half a dose six to eight hours later, and half a dose once a day for the next two days.Side effects include headache, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, stomachache, skin rash, itching, hair loss and mood or mental changes.
More severe side effects include:Seeing light flashes or streaksBlurring of visionVisual problems (such as seeing only half an object, seeing words disappear onscreen or misty vision)Difficulty in hearing and/or ringing in ears Read more: The Star »
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