What to Consider HCQ-Azithromycin Treatment & Dosage

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Important things to consider with COVID-Coronavirus treatment using HCQ and Azithromycin Self-Medication

Asymptomatic pre-symptomatic

It is possible not to have COVID-19 but have not symptoms. A lot of people have been self-medicating because hospitals turn them away, and in many cases, cannot afford professional help.

Millions of people likely carry the virus but can withstand infection, according to BBC. To date, 96% of people survive the disease.

Compare Coronavirus and Common Flu Symptoms according to CDC

Common Flu

  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and diarrhea, common in children than adults.

Coronavirus

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Difficulty breathing

What to do if you have symptoms

The coronavirus death rate is at 4%, while annual flu death is .01%. This means 96% recover, while the rest are likely asymptomatic. As such, if you think you have the symptoms, it is recommended to consult your doctor within three days if chills or fever present.

Interestingly, sneezing, stuffy nose, and diarrhea are rare symptoms of Coronavirus, according to the CDC.

When to consult the doctor and get tested

One of the dangers of self-medication at home is not being able to detect pneumonia. It is a critical stage of the coronavirus infection. Consult your doctor immediately if you have chills and shortness of breath. If you are unable to do so,

Considering to self medicate?

On March 23, 2020, the National Task force (NTF) for COVID-19 by the Indian Council of Medical Research reviewed the use of HCQ for SARS-CoV-2. The use of hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine, or either drug in combination with azithromycin.

Although research published in The Lancet found hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine has ‘no benefit’ for coronavirus patients, another study by a group of doctors, headed by Dr. Simon Gold, says otherwise.

Revised advisory on the use of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as prophylaxis for COVID-19 infection for all asymptomatic healthcare workers involved in containment and treatment of COVID-19:

Recommended Dosage for HCQ

According to India’s National Task Force for COVIDE-19, take 400 mg twice a day on Day 1, followed by 400 mg once weekly for the next seven weeks; to be taken with meals

Recommended Dosage for Azithromycin

Azithromycin is not intended for coronavirus. However, you may use the recommended dosage for community-acquired pneumonia.

For adults, your doctor may prescribe 500 mg as a single dose on Day 1, followed by 250 mg once daily on Days 2 through 5 or 500 mg once daily for three days.

Do not take HCQ for the following reasons

The drug is not recommended for prophylaxis in children under 15 years of age and pregnancy and lactation.

  1. Retinopathy,
  2. Hypersensitivity to HCQ or 4-aminoquinoline compounds
  3. G6PD deficiency
  4. Pre-existing cardiomyopathy and cardiac rhythm disorders

Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) Side effects

Mainstream media have repeatedly warned the use of HCQ, citing site-effects. The advisory said, “Rarely does HCQ cause cardiovascular side effects such as cardiomyopathy and rhythm (heart rate) disorders.” If symptoms persist, stop the medication, and consult your doctor.

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