A Nigerian man has reportedly been left fighting for his life after taking an overdose of chloroquine to avoid getting the deadly coronavirus.
This was made know on Friday by a Nigerian doctor, Dr. Chinonso Egemba, also known as Aproko Doctor on Twitter.
Dr. Egemba said the unnamed man had been taking doses of chloroquine with his children to prevent coronavirus.
But, the drugs which is used for treating malaria ended up making him unconscious and subsequently rushed to the hospital.
They just rushed someone into a hospital, he was unconscious
What happened? Went to drink a lot of chloroquine because they said chloroquine cures Coronavirus. Has been giving his kids too
Nigerians, every drug is a poison including chloroquine
Use your head
— Aproko Doctor™ (@aproko_doctor) March 20, 2020
“Breaking News. They just rushed someone into a hospital, he was unconscious What happened? Went to drink a lot of chloroquine because they said chloroquine cures Coronavirus. Has been giving his kids too Nigerians, every drug is a poison including chloroquine Use your head,”Egemba wrote.
“Yes, hydroxylchloroquine showed promise in some patients with the COVID19 infection. But there is further testing before it’s approved as a treatment for the new Coronavirus. There are side effects of every drug. EVERY WHAT? EVERY DRUG. You don’t just get drugs and swallow”
The doctor went further to state the side effects of Chloroquine.
“For chloroquine, some side effects are Blindness Headache Drowsiness Slow heart rate Confusion Seizures/convulsion Unconsciousness Death. Yes! Something that treats can also kill. I understand you are scared, that’s normal. Don’t start drinking because you heard. Please “
“Testing is still on Dosage is being formed, don’t assume that it’s the same dose for malaria that will be used for this. We still do not know that If you take it now, you are simply using yourself and your loved ones for experiments Not everyone will be lucky to tell the story “
“Some people might have conditions like G6PD and taking chloroquine might cause massive destruction of their blood cells leading to anemia or very low blood levels. It can even drop your blood sugar. You have no business hoarding and keeping chloroquine. It is not a vaccine “
Meanwhile, Chloroquine has been on high demand in pharmaceutical stores across Nigeria after President Donald Trump’s approval for the drug for treatment of the coronavirus disease in the United States.
President Trump said chloroquine is effective in the treatment of coronavirus because it had shown ‘tremendous promise’ in treating Covid-19.