June 18, 2020, 09.28 PM

While many in the public and medical professions are ready to rejoice because of dexamethasone’s potential benefits, Wawaimuli warned against premature celebrations.

“[Dexamethasone’s] tests on gravely ill Covid-19 patients might yield promising results. But it is actually not a recommended treatment because it suppresses the immune system,” she said. “To eliminate a virus like Covid–19, one needs a healthy immune system.”

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“Dexamethasone is also not recommended for those with hypertension, diabetes, or bacterial and viral infections. It also has a number of side effects, such as pulmonary edema, osteoporosis, hypertension and mental problems, so one has to be careful in its usage.”

WebMD confirmed Wawaimuli’s findings as it found that dexamethasone can reduce the body’s natural defenses.

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However, dexamethasone can treat arthritis, allergies, some skin and eye conditions, blood-related disorders, breathing problems, as well as certain cancers and intestinal problems. The website added that the drug can also treat Cushing’s syndrome, an adrenal glandural disorder.

Recommended use

WebMD noted that dexamethasone can be orally consumed. They suggested that patients carefully determine the dosage and not use spoons. They also recommend taking the drug before 9 am.

The website’s doctors said the amount of the dosage and length of the treatment are relative to the patient’s medical condition and response to the treatment.

WebMD suggested that patients keep consuming dexamethasone on a regular basis to maximize its effects, and not stop before consulting with a doctor.

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