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Can Zyrtec be used in COVID 19?

Zyrtec is a brand name for Cetrizine, an antihistamine medication. It is used in allergic disorders. People often confuse COVID -19 symptoms and allergies, especially in areas where there the pollen season has started and seasonal allergy is prevalent. However, allergic symptoms would include sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose (nasal congestion), or itchy, watery eyes. Allergies don’t usually cause fever and are not usually accompanied by an aching body which might be more indicative of viral infections such as COVID -19.

Are doctors looking into Diamox or acetaminophen as treatments for coronavirus?

Doctors are looking into the use of Acetazolamide [Diamox], a medication used in High altitude pulmonary edema [HAPE].  As both COVID-19 and HAPE  cause Acute respiratory distress syndrome, Acetazolamide is being studied to see if it would work in respiratory distress syndromes in COVID -19 as well. Acetaminophen is a medication to reduce fever and ease aches and would be used for symptomatic relief in COVID -19 infection.

Are doctors seeing success with hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19?

Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are very closely related and used to treat malaria and rheumatology conditions respectively. In China and France, small studies provided some indications of the possible benefits of chloroquine phosphate against pneumonia caused by COVID-19 but need confirmation through randomized trials. Please do not take these medicines to prevent or treat Covid -19 infections without consulting your doctor as they have several side effects. Self-medication can be very dangerous.

Can amlodipine and remdesivir help in Corona virus infection?

Remdesivir was previously tested as an Ebola virus treatment. It has generated promising results in animal studies for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which are also caused by coronaviruses, suggesting it may have some effect in patients with COVID-19. Phase 3 investigational studies are currently on.
Retrospective clinical investigation of COVID-19 patients in a study has revealed that the amlodipine administration distinctly reduced the case fatality rate of patients with hypertension. Results from this study suggest that Calcium channel blocker administration for COVID-19 patients with hypertension might improve the disease outcome. [Quoting from a yet to be peer-reviewed pre-print study from Wuhan by Leike Zhang, Yuan Sun, Hao-Long Zeng, Yudong Peng, Xiaming Jiang, Wei-Juan Shang, Yan Wu, Shufen Li, Yu-Lan Zhang, Liu Yang, Hongbo Chen, Runming Jin, Wei Liu, Hao Li, Ke Peng, Gengfu Xiao : “Calcium channel blocker amlodipine besylate is associated with a reduced case fatality rate of COVID-19 patients with hypertension”.

Can Chinese medicine help in COVID19 infection?

Some reports from China do claim that  Chinese medicines and practices might help protect against COVID-19 coronavirus or ease its symptoms. However, these claims come with scant scientific evidence.  To prove that a treatment really works, one needs extensive trials and research. Anybody who’s making specific medical claims needs to supply a quality body of evidence to show that it works consistently.

Can Kambo frog serum be used for the treatment of COVID 19 virus?

There is no evidence that this will help in the treatment of coronavirus infection. The most important steps you can take now to protect yourself from COVID -19 infection is to practise hand hygiene and carry out social distancing.

Can you give 17 years old boy COVID19 positive hydroxychloroquine?

Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are very closely related and used to treat malaria and rheumatology conditions respectively. In China and France, small studies provided some indications of the possible benefits of chloroquine phosphate against pneumonia caused by COVID-19 but need confirmation through randomized trials. It can be used for adults and adolescents who weigh 50 kg (110 pounds) or more. However, please do not take these medicines to prevent or treat COVID19 infections without consulting your doctor, as they have several side effects. Your doctor will determine if the medicine is appropriate for you. Self-medication can be very dangerous.

COVID-19 melatonin as a potential adjuvant treatment

There have been some studies on the role of melatonin for adjuvant use in COVID-19 in anti-inflammation, anti-oxidation, immune response regulation. However, this needs further research to be taken as conclusive evidence. In another study, Melatonin was found effective in critical care patients by reducing vessel permeability, anxiety, sedation use, and improving sleeping quality. Additional experiments and clinical studies are required to confirm this speculation.

Does favipiravir help in treating coronavirus infection?

Favipiravir, also known as T-705 or Avigan, is an antiviral medication that had demonstrated activity against influenza viruses. However, it has the potential for both teratogenicity and embryotoxicity in humans. It has also been used for postexposure prophylaxis and treatment for Ebolavirus infection. It has no activity against DNA viruses.

With regard to COVID-19, there have been a few studies done in China but there has been no worldwide consensus on its use yet.  Its use for influenza viruses, and oral bioavailability, make favipiravir a candidate for study for use in COVID-19.  It cannot be used for pregnant and potentially pregnant women. Blinded, controlled trials are needed to establish their efficacy.

You are advised not to take any medication unless advised by your doctor. Self-medication is very dangerous.

Does ibuprofen make coronavirus worse?

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) include medications like ibuprofen, diclofenac, and naproxen, etc as well as selective COX2 inhibitors like celecoxib, rofecoxib, etoricoxib, lumiracoxib, and valecoxib.
Some French doctors had advised against using ibuprofen for COVID-19 symptoms as there were reports of confirmed COVID-19 patients who were taking an NSAID for symptom relief developing severe illness. These are only observations and not based on scientific studies. The WHO initially recommended using acetaminophen instead of ibuprofen for management of symptoms such as fever, body pain, etc related to this coronavirus infection, but now states that either acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be used. The CDC also says that while there is no current evidence about Ibuprofen causing severe COVID illness, they are continuing to study and monitor this concern .
It is always better to check with your doctor on all medications.

Do Probiotics help in COVID 19?

Probiotics have not been found to have any direct effect on severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection; most patients with COVID-19 present with respiratory symptoms. There have been some reports on 2 randomized controlled trials where critically ill patients on mechanical ventilation who were given certain probiotics developed substantially less ventilator-associated pneumonia compared with placebo.  However, there is no conclusive evidence on the effect of probiotics in COVID -19 infection.

How is Mucinex used in COVID 19?

Mucinex is a brand name for guaifenesin,  an expectorant. It helps loosen mucus  from the  lungs , ensuring that the cough brings out the phlegm or mucus that causes chest congestion.

Mucinex may be used for the cough and chest congestion of COVID -19. However please note that individuals with high blood pressure, glaucoma, or thyroid conditions should avoid decongestants.

In Corona cases we can use tablet like hydroxychloroquine?

Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are very closely related and used to treat malaria and rheumatology conditions respectively. In China and France, small studies provided some indications of the possible benefits of chloroquine phosphate against pneumonia caused by COVID-19 but need confirmation through randomized trials. Please do not take these medicines to prevent or treat COVID19 infections without consulting your doctor as they have several side effects. Self-medication can be very dangerous.

Is arbidol useful in coronavirus?

Arbidol is a synthetic antiviral drug developed to combat the seasonal influenza virus. ARB has been shown to inhibit viruses from many different families. It is being studied as a possible therapy for COVID19 infection.

Is Cetylpyridinium chloride useful in COVID 19?

Cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) is a cationic quaternary ammonium compound used in some types of mouthwashes, toothpaste, lozenges, throat sprays, breath sprays, and nasal sprays. It has some antiviral effects. There are some reports of it being investigated for its efficacy in preventing COVID-19 infection.

Is Colchicine used for treating coronavirus?

Colchicine is being studied in a clinical trial for patients with COVID-19 (coronavirus). The aim of the trial is to determine if short-term treatment with colchicine will reduce lung complications and the rate of death in COVID-19 patients.

Colchicine is used in gout. It is believed to reduce the excessive inflammatory reaction caused by a coronavirus  that causes acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), organ failure, and death.

Is COVID 19 being treated with Estrogen?

The New York Times writes that as women have been less likely to become acutely ill and far more likely to survive COVID-19,  doctors are trying out treating male Covid-19 patients with estrogen and also progesterone, which has anti-inflammatory properties and can potentially prevent harmful overreactions of the immune system. However, there may be other factors at play than just hormones.  The causes of the sex differences are complex and multifactorial, and hormones are only part of the picture.

Is hydroxychloroquine rated most effective coronavirus treatment in poll of doctors ?

Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are very closely related and used to treat malaria and rheumatology conditions respectively. In China and France, some studies provided some indications of possible benefits against pneumonia caused by COVID-19 but need confirmation through randomized trials.  There are many trials going on now to test the efficacy of these drugs.

Is Nexium good to take for coronavirus?

Nexium belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs decrease the amount of acid produced in the stomach and help heal erosions in the lining of the esophagus known as erosive esophagitis.It is not used in coronavirus treatment

Is the Media report of ICMR on COVID 19 cocktail of ritonavir and lopinavir correct?

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approval from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to allow a combination of lopinavir and ritonavir, approved for AIDS treatment, to be used if coronavirus infections turn into a public health emergency in India. It can be used as a fixed-dose combination in patients over age 18, with lab confirmation of COVID19, with severe respiratory distress /very low BP /new-onset organ dysfunction /lung parenchymal infiltrates on Xray or CT scan.

Is Xofluza useful in COVID -19 ?

Xofluza is a brand name for a prescription medication called Baloxavir marboxil and is used to treat the flu [ caused by the influenza virus ] in people 12 years of age and older, who have had flu symptoms for no more than 48 hours. There are some research studies going on to evaluate its efficacy in treating COVID -19 infection.

Itolizumab for COVID

Itolizumab is a humanised anti-CD6 monoclonal antibody, It is a molecule made in a lab using living organisms. When administered , it acts as an antibody which can restore the immune system’s attack on foreign bodies. Itolizumab is used to treat a skin condition called psoriasis and is now being tried on COVID-19 patients through clinical trials .

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