Hydroxychloroquine claimed yet another life – an Indian doctor died after taking it to prevent COVID-19.
Find out what happened, and why it is dangerous for anyone to take hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19!
Hydroxychloroquine NOT Approved By FDA To Treat / Prevent COVID-19
In March 2020, US President Donald Trump stunned doctors, scientists and even the US FDA itself, when he claimed on a televised press conference that the US FDA approved chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, quickly stepped up to correct him.
But it has not stopped Trump from continuously advocating that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine can be used to treat or prevent COVID-19.
The fact of the matter is the US FDA approved chloroquine in 1944, and hydroxychloroquine in 1955, but neither have been approved for use against COVID-19.
On 19 March 2020, the US FDA issued a statement, clarifying that chloroquine was merely being studied to determine if it can be used to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19.
They also reiterated that “there are no FDA-approved therapeutics or drugs to treat, cure or prevent COVID-19.”
Indian Doctor Died From Hydroxychloroquine Prophylaxis
On 29 March, Dr. Jiten Borgohain reported that Dr. Utpal Barman died of a massive cardiac arrest earlier that day, after taking the hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin (Z-Pak) combination that Donald Trump promoted.
Dr. Barman, who was an anaesthesiologist at the Pratiksha Hospital in Guwahati, Assam in India, reportedly took the combination as a prophylaxis against COVID-19.
According to a close friend of the 43 year-old doctor, he was taking two doses of 200 mg hydroxychloroquine a day for just a few days when he complained of severe chest pain.
We received a panic call from Dr Barman’s wife and many of us reached his home to find him writhing in pain. At first, it looked like an acute myocardial infarction—or heart attack. He was immediately shifted to Guwahati Neurology Research Centre where he died shortly.
Sadly, it appeared that he was unnecessarily self-medicating himself, because there were no COVID-19 cases in Assam at that time.
Hydroxychloroquine Prophylaxis : Risk Are Real
Donald Trump is blasé about the risks of taking hydroxychloroquine as a prophylaxis against COVID-19, because he suffers from the Dunning-Kruger effect – stupid people are incapable of understanding how stupid they are.
Many doctors, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, are hesitant about using hydroxychloroquine to treat / prevent COVID-19 because it has NOT been proven to work, and it is known to be cardio-toxic in 1%-3% of people who take it.
Hydroxychloroquine prolongs the QT interval.
Use hydroxychloroquine with caution in patients with cardiac disease or other conditions that may increase the risk of QT prolongation including :
- cardiac arrhythmias,
- congenital long QT syndrome,
- heart failure,
- myocardial infarction,
- coronary artery disease,
- or in patients receiving medications known to prolong the QT interval or cause electrolyte imbalances.
Females, geriatric patients, patients with diabetes, thyroid disease, malnutrition, liver impairment, or those who drink alcohol to excess may also be at increased risk for QT prolongation.
Chronic toxicity should be considered when conduction disorders (bundle-branch block, AV block) or biventricular hypertrophy are diagnosed.
If cardiotoxicity is suspected, prompt discontinuation of hydroxychloroquine may prevent life-threatening cardiac complications.
Hydroxychloroquine’s cardiotoxicity may be further exacerbated by pairing it with Z-Pak (Azithromycin).
In addition to known hepatotoxicity effects, Z-Pak (Azithromycin) can potentially cause cardiac problems like arrhythmias, and even prolong the QT interval.
Hydroxychloroquine Poisoning : Do NOT Use It To Prevent COVID-19!
It is possible that chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine may be effective against COVID-19. That is the reason it is one of the twenty or so drugs being tested.
But Dr. Anthony Fauci was reticent about letting even US President Donald Trump declare that it works, because there is no proof yet that it works against COVID-19.
Recommended : Chloroquine Was NOT Approved By FDA To Treat COVID-19!
Even if it can be used to treat COVID-19, they have to determine the therapeutic dose, and whether the dose will be harmful to patients.
Please do NOT believe anything Donald Trump tells you. Listen to Dr. Fauci and qualified scientists and doctors.
Stay safe, wherever you are!
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