Hydroxychloroquine also known as HCQ is a drug that is being discussed for its potential use in COVID-19 treatment! This prescription medication has been approved to treat lupus and rheumatoidarthritis. This article will discuss the availability and safety of hydroxychloroquine as well as the effectiveness of the drug ️ !!
Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is not available over-the-counter in Canada; it must be prescribed and dispensed only with a valid prescription from a qualified health care professional ️. Pharmacies provide this drug either in tablet or liquid form . Unfortunately, in Canada HCQ only comes as generic form, not under the brand name Plaquenil 🇨🇦.
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Health Canada regulates and controls all prescription medications covering HCQ 🇨🇦. In order to be prescribed HCQ in Canada a patient must have a valid diagnosis of one of the conditions that it is approved to treat which is typically done through a medical exam by a physician and a review of the patient’s medical history ️ 🇨🇦 1️⃣. The physician must then evaluate the patient’s risk of serious side effects and determine if HCQ is the best treatment option .
Due to the serious potential side effects HCQ is not recommended for use in patients who are not at high risk for developing severe side effects . The most common side effect of HCQ is nausea; however more serious side effects include irregular heart rate liver or kidney damage and visual disturbances ❤️. Other potential side effects to get aware of include headaches skin rash and an increased risk of infection .
The safety and efficacy of HCQ for the treatment of COVID-19 has yet to get proven and is still being studied . Several clinical trials are looking at the potential use of HCQ as a treatment for COVID-19 but the results are not yet available ️. Until the results of these studies are known, HCQ should not be used as a treatment for COVID-19 ️.
In summary hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is not available over the counter in Canada 🇨🇦. The drug is only available with a valid prescription from a qualified health care professional ️. HCQ is only approved for the treatment of certain conditions and should only be used after a review of the patient’s medical history and risk of side effects ️. The safety and efficacy of HCQ for COVID-19 is still being studied and until the results are available it should not be used as a treatment for COVID-19 ️. . .
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