Kenyans warned against using Chloroquine as a drug against Coronavirus

The PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY OF KENYA has warned Kenyans against self-medicating using Azithromycin and Chloroquine or Hydroxychloroquine.

This comes after reports on social media that the drug Chloroquine could prevent Coronavirus.

Pharmaceutical experts have insisted that the once common malaria drug has not been tested to prove that it can prevent or cure COVID-19

The society also warned of harmful side effects such as;

• Yeast infections of the mouth and vagina, Weakened immunity, thus increasing your risk of severe COVID-19 infection should you contract the virus  • Ringing in the ears and difficulty hearing • Chest pain and heart palpitations (faster heart rate) • Stomach pain coupled with either constipation or diarrhea • Inflammation of the liver (hepatitis) • Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice) • Easy bruising and prolonged bleeding after injury • Loss of smell or altered sense of smell and loss of taste • Discoloration of the tongue

Chloroquine or Hydroxychloroquine 
• Hearing problems and ringing in your ears • Tingling, burning or very sensitive skin, muscle weakness, and cramps. • Loss of hair and changes in color of your hair • Darkening of nails and mucus membranes in your lips, mouth, genitals, inner lids of your eyes, and anus • Yellow coloring of the skin and whites of eyes due to damage to your liver 

• Blurred vision that lasts longer than 48 hours and may lead to permanent damage to your eyes • Feeling anxious or confused, inability to concentrate, and seeing or hearing unusual sights and sounds • Having trouble with balance (Vertigo) and feeling dizzy • Patients with diabetes may suffer from symptoms of low blood glucose including going into coma because of using either of these two drugs