U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday that he is taking hydroxychloroquine every day,media reported. Although medical experts and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have questioned the drug’s efficacy and warned of potential side effects, he has long touted it as a drug that could cure the new coronavirus.
Mr. Trump said at an event that he started taking the antimalarial drug after consulting with a White House doctor, though he did not say whether his doctor recommended it.
“A few weeks ago, I started taking it,” Trump said. It was also revealed that he had been taking the drug for a week and a half and was taking it every day.
Trump’s attempt to promote hydroxychloroquine as a new coronavirus treatment can be a dramatic development. The drug began to be used in the early days of the outbreak, but has been resisted by medical professionals. Because the drug is used to treat malaria and other diseases, Trump thinks it’s safe, and he recommends that new coronavirus patients take it and say it won’t make much difference.
However, at least one study so far suggests that the drug has no effect on neo-coronary pneumonia and may also induce heart problems. The study was published in the Journal of The American Medical Association. A previous study published in the New England Journal of Medicine also showed that the drug was unable to fight the new coronavirus.
In fact, before these reports were published, the FDA and the National Institutes of Health (NIS) had issued warnings about the use of the drug in patients with the new coronavirus.
Mr. Trump, however, said he started taking the drug because he had heard from front-line first responders that they would take it as a precautionary measure.
Asked if the White House doctor had advised him to start taking hydroxychloroquine, Trump responded: “I asked him what he thought, ‘Well, if you will.'”
In a memo released late Monday, Navy Lt. Gen. Sean Conley, the president’s physician, noted that two weeks ago Trump’s personal aides tested positive for the new corona virus. While Conley did not directly say that Trump’s start to take oxychloroquine was a reaction to the aide’s positive test, the timing of Trump’s reference coincides with the test positive.
“After much discussion, he and I discussed the evidence for supporting and opposing the use of hydroxychloroquine, and we concluded that the potential benefits of treatment outweigh the relative risks,” Conley wrote in the memo. He added that Mr. Trump had tested negative for the new coronavirus several times and had not shown any symptoms.
While Mr. Trump admits he doesn’t know if the drug is effective, he claims that “if it doesn’t work, you won’t get sick or die.” “
The FDA, however, warns against using hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to treat new coronaviruses and says they can only be used in hospitals or clinical trials because they can lead to death or serious side effects. This includes serious heart rhythm problems, especially when they are used in combination with the antibiotic azithromycin or other drugs that may affect the heart. According to Mr. Trump’s medical examination, the president suffers from a common heart condition.
Hydroxychloroquine is known to be used to treat or prevent malaria and to treat autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Two months ago, when the new corona virus began to spread across the country, Mr. Trump began promoting the drug. Yet even some of Mr. Trump’s closest medical advisers have expressed caution, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has expressed doubts about the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment before the new coronavirus is fully tested.