Using malaria drugs to treat Covid-19 ‘for good luck’

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Using malaria drugs to treat Covid-19 ‘for good luck’

Dr. Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, Director of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, said that any doctor facing a life-threatening patient, after using everything recommended, would

`A physician with full knowledge will weigh the benefits and harms of using a certain drug that is said to be effective even though it has not been proven by clinical trials, and then decide to use it as a measure.`

According to him, the most important issue is that doctors must clearly understand that `this choice will have risks`.

Doctor Tran Van Phuc, Saint Paul Hospital, Hanoi, said that in addition to treating malaria, chloroquine can also fight the replication of influenza A and B viruses and a number of other diseases.

Doctor Phuc believes that it is possible that this medicine helped `patient 243’s` wife not be infected with nCoV from her husband.

`In addition to the reason why each person’s resistance is different, it’s possible that the wife uses chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to treat lupus erythematosus, so she won’t be infected by her husband despite close contact,` said Dr. Phuc.

Chloroquine is a quinine-based substance prepared by the Germans in the 1930s. The drug was initially used to treat malaria.

Hydroxychloroquine is a new compound that has the same effects as chloroquine but is less toxic. It is indicated for the treatment of malaria, arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, sarcoidosis, and some skin diseases caused by light…

According to the Drug Administration of Vietnam, Ministry of Health, chloroquine is a drug that treats malaria and a number of other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus… Some countries use chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine to treat patients.

However, some countries have now stopped using chloroquine to treat Covid-19 due to the drug’s side effects.

Patients screened for nCoV at the Central Tropical Diseases Hospital.

Doctors recommend that chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine is a drug that must be used with a doctor’s prescription, so people should not use it on their own.

There are currently no approved Covid-19 drugs or vaccines.

According to Dr. Phuc, chloroquine has a half-life of 2.5 to 10 days.

There is no shortage of this medicine. If needed in treatment, the health sector will fully equip it.

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