COVID-19: What medicines to and not to take?

COVID-19: What medicines to and not to take?

Experts state that the way to treat mild COVID-19 symptoms at home is the same as how people relieve a typical cold.

Hospitalization does not apply to all COVID-19 cases. Accordingly, it is essential for the public to know how to handle and manage symptoms at home.

On Monday, the World Health Organization released a guideline, revealing which medicines to take, as well as the ones people should avoid. Relief Web reiterated some of the highlights of the guide.

Above all else, it states that the public should always “strictly follow” the instructions of health care providers. This includes the use of medications when managing the symptoms of the coronavirus.

The guidance from the World Health Organization

For fever, muscle pain, or headache, the health agency advises individuals to take paracetamol. However, the frequency and dosage of intake should have guidance from health care providers.

On an average note, though, the usual dose for adults is one to two 500 mg tablets, up to four times in 24 hours. The interval between doses should at least be four hours.

When handling concerns regarding oxygen levels, people should consult health experts or “seek hospital care.” Health care providers may prescribe steroids if the level is above 90 percent, but not more than 94 percent.

When the oxygen level is less than 90 percent, the World Health Organization notes that this is already a severe case of COVID-19. People should seek hospital admission “immediately.”

The guidance from the World Health Organization

What people should avoid

The health agency also emphasizes the things people should avoid doing when managing COVID-19 symptoms at home. On top of the list is the avoidance of self-medications.

Individuals should refrain from self-medicating with antibiotics and steroids. As noted, coronavirus disease is caused by a virus, and antibiotics have no effect on it. As for steroids, they may cause more harm and lead to potentially life-threatening consequences.

In addition, utilize only medicines that health care providers recommend and prescribe. Accordingly, avoid the use of lopinavir/ritonavir and hydroxychloroquine.

The health agency released conditional advice, as well, on the use of some medications. These include remdesivir and ivermectin.

Painkillers before COVID-19 vaccinations

Health experts also gave out reminders about taking medications before getting COVID-19 vaccines. Considering the jabs may cause side effects, some individuals may think that taking painkillers is a smart move.

But, WebMD clarifies that people who are to take their vaccines should not take pain medications. This comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises the public to avoid Motrin, Advil, or Tylenol before getting the jabs.

As explained, there is a possibility that painkillers may decrease the antibody response, making the COVID-19 vaccine less effective.

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