There has been a lot of media attention around using Hydroxychloroquine in combination with Azithromycin and/or Zinc to treat COVID-19. Depending on the media outlet, you will hear it is safe, then another media outlet will tell you it is a dangerous drug and we need formal trials before it is safe to use for treatment. The truth seems to be somewhere in between depending on your medical history. Under a doctors supervision, it appears to be safe for short term use by healthy individuals and may even be life saving in a hospital setting to those at risk for side effects. 

Hydroxychloroquine is an oral tablet. It is available as a brand-name drug and a generic drug. The brand name is Plaquenil. Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat malaria, lupus erythematous, and rheumatoid arthritis. The FDA has approved hydroxycholoquine to be used off label to treat COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. According to the FDA many studies are underway to test the effectiveness to prevent or treat the virus. 

Like every drug, it can have side effects. It is not safe for people who have abnormalities in their heart rhythms, eye problems involving the retina, or liver or kidney disease. Other possible side effects include nausea, diarrhea, mood changes and skin rashes. There are also several drug interactions, including diabetes medications (e.g., glyburide, chlorpropamide, insulin, rosiglitazone), albendazole, amiodarone, beta-adrenergic blockers (e.g., atenolol, propranolol, sotalol) and more. Overdoses, especially in children, can be fatal. 

There are many studies going on right now to prove if hydroxycholorquine will work or not. Unit those studies are complete we will not know either way the effectiveness. 

Like all prescription medications, it should only be taken under your doctors supervision. 

Please consult your doctor about medication usage.