COVID-19 Drugs: Yet Another Chinese Study Shows That Hydroxychloroquine Is Not The Least Effective For Treating COVID-19. In Fact Placebos Are Even Safer!
: Hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug that is being advocated by some to treat COVID-19 despite the dangers associated with its use, appeared not to help patients get rid of the pathogen in yet another new study by researchers from China. https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.10.20060558v1.article-info
The drug did not help patients clear the virus better than standard care and was much more likely to cause side effects, according to a study of 150 hospitalized patients by doctors at 16 centers in China. The drug did help alleviate some clinical symptoms of Covid-19, however, and some patients who took it showed a drop in C-reactive protein, a measure of inflammation.
The new research led by Dr Wei Tang of Ruijin Hospital in Shanghai, indicated that the medicine's anti-inflammatory effects probably helped alleviate certain patients' symptoms and that all.
There were more side effects in the group of 75 people who took hydroxychloroquine than those that took placebos. Some of these side effects were mild and the most common side effect was diarrhea.
Dr Allen Cheng, an Infectious Diseases Physician and a Professor of Epidemiology at Melbourne's Monash University commented to Thailand Medical News
, "When testing new treatments, we are looking for signals that show that they might be effective before proceeding to larger studies. This study doesn't show any signal, so it is probably unlikely that it will be of clinical benefit."
There has been to date so many new studies emerging showing that chloroquine and also hydroxychloroquine are both not effective in treating COVID-19 and are in fact dangerous in most cases.
To date they are no real drugs that have shown any efficacy in treating COVID-19 and most are being used as experimental drugs and some have do have preliminary studies that have been manipulated by governments or pharmaceutical giants. Furthermore most of these drugs are highly toxic.
There are lots of new drug candidates emerging that could be repurposed to treat COVID-19 pending more research and also more clinical trials.
One such drug that Thailand Medical News
is advocating that more research resources should be focused on is the drug Ivermectin.
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