MEDICINES FALSELY TOUTED AS COVID-19 TREATMENTS
* HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE: Used to treat malaria, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. There’s no reliable evidence it can prevent or treat COVID-19, and some studies found it may make things worse.
* REMDESIVIR: Antiviral medicine that can help some people in hospital with severe COVID-19 recover faster, but does not help people with milder COVID-19.
* DEXAMETHASONE: Reduces inflammation and is used to treat asthma and arthritis. Reduces the risk of dying for people in hospital with serious COVID-19 that need help to breathe. Doesn’t help people with less severe COVID-19 and could make things worse.
* EPHEDRA: Vitamin D, and other complementary medicines: None found to be effective against COVID-19 outside of intensive care.
Source: NPS MedicineWise