Drug Touted as Covid-19 Cure Is Linked to Retinal Damage

Drug Touted as Covid-19 Cure Is Linked to Retinal Damage

There’s still no evidence that hydroxychloroquine can fight coronavirus.

While doctors await the results of trials testing whether the anti-malarial drug 
hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment for Covid-19, there’s one thing they can count on: the drug can be toxic to your eyes.Hydroxychloroquine has long been used as a treatment for sufferers from Lupus and other autoimmune disorders, and doctors know that they need to be careful in prescribing it because of potential damage to the retina.

“It is estimated that the prevalence of retinal toxicity due to HCQ is 7.5% with long-term use of the drug,” WebMD reports. “Monitoring patients for its development is important, as the damage is irreversible.”

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