Hydroxychloroquine has been proposed as a choice of drug for preventing symptoms of COVID19. Although hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for infection with the novel coronavirus has received a statement of concern from the society that publishes the journal in which the work appeared, the fight over its procurement has intensified. India, the biggest exporter of the drug has received so much attention worldwide as every country need it for their people. It looks apparent that any governments do not want to miss any chance to treat casualities of their country and thus creating stocks before they deplete in international market.
India manufactures 70 per cent of the world’s supply of hydroxychloroquine, according to Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA). The country has a production capacity of 40 tonnes of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) every month, implying 20 crore tablets of 200 mg each.
Hydroxychloroquine is very similar to Chloroquine, one of the oldest and best-known anti-malarial drugs. The drug – which can also treat auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus – has also attracted attention over the past few decades as a potential antiviral agent.
Before coming to any conclusion about the possible treatment of COVID19 by Hydroxychloroquine it is important to understand the side effects of drug too and require more confirmatory studies to check its efficacy in COVID19 treatment.
The more common side effects that can occur with hydroxychloroquine include: headache, dizziness, diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting and Serious side effects and their symptoms can include blurred vision or other vision changes, which may be permanent in some cases, heart disease, including heart failure and issues with your heart rhythm; some cases have been fatal, ringing in your ears or hearing loss, angioedema (rapid swelling of your skin), hives, mild or severe bronchospasm, sore throat, severe hypoglycemia, unusual bleeding or bruising, blue-black skin color, muscle weakness, hair loss or changes in hair color, abnormal mood changes, mental health effects, including suicidal thoughts.