Hydroxychloroquine is used in the treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.
How Hydroxychloroquine works
Hydroxychloroquine blocks certain chemical messengers, which are responsible for inflammation, swelling, and redness in certain autoimmune diseases. Instead of treating the disease, it suppresses its underlying causes.
Hydroxychloroquine side effects
Headache, Diarrhea and Feeling sick. Mood changes. Loss of appetite. Abdominal pain.
Hydroxychloroquine (research in humans) is currently being studied in clinical trials. These studies are for the prevention and treatment of new coronavirus infections. In vitro and laboratory tests have shown that this medicine is effective against the novel coronavirus. Hydroxychloroquine’s effectiveness against the coronavirus is still uncertain.
Hydroxychloroquine is recommended by ICMR for the prevention of new coronavirus infections. This recommendation was made only for high-risk individuals (i.e. people at high risk of being exposed to the virus) and emergency situations. It can be used to prophylaxis for asymptomatic health workers who are caring for COVID-19-confirmed or suspected cases.