14 Side Effects of Hydroxychloroquine, Potential Corona Drug

Some experts think hydroxychloroquine might be effective against Covid-19, though unfortunately that hasn't been proven.

Quoted from The Guardian, a study of corona Covid-19 patients in America who were given hydroxychloroquine did not show satisfactory results.

There is no visible benefit from the drug, either alone or in combination with antibiotics. In fact, patients treated with hydroxychloroquine actually have a higher mortality rate.

Reporting from Healthline, hydroxychloroquine is a drug that is also well-known in the market with the name plaquenil.

Hydroxychloroquine treats malaria by killing parasites that cause disease. Hydroxychloroquine can prevent malaria parasites from breaking down (metabolizing) hemoglobin in human red blood cells.

Hydroxychloroquine is also known to be used to treat lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis

It is not yet fully understood how this drug works to treat lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis. However, it is believed that this drug affects the workings of the immune system, which may be beneficial in lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) itself approved hydroxychloroquine in April 1955.

Oral hydroxychloroquine tablets do not cause drowsiness, but can cause other side effects. Common side effects that can occur with hydroxychloroquine include headaches, dizziness, diarrhea, stomach cramps and vomiting.

These mild side effects can disappear within a few days or a few weeks. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if the side effects change to become more severe or not disappear.