Don’t use chloroquine to treat coronavirus unless a doctor tells you to, Pittsburgh Poison Center warns

Pittsburgh poison control warns against home coronavirus remedies

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Poison Center, along with other doctors across the U.S., is urging people not to ingest any form of chloroquine, use a home remedy or raid a shared medicine cabinet to treat coronavirus, according to our partners at the Trib.

The drug, chloroquine, is a medication used to prevent and to treat malaria, as well as a type of liver infection. It can have dangerous and potentially fatal effects.

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Dr. Michael Lynch, medical director of the Pittsburgh Poison Center and a UPMC emergency medicine physician, told the Trib chloroquine should not be taken in any form unless being given in a hospital or clinical trial setting.

“We do not have scientific evidence that this is an effective treatment, or that it’s safe for the general population,” Dr. Arvind Venkat, emergency medicine physician for Allegheny Health Network told the Trib.

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