Source: 5 News Online
VAN BUREN, Ark. — A local man says he took the drug hydroxychloroquine while he had COVID-19 and within a few days felt better.
He did this despite warnings from the majority of medical organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health warning against it.
Steve Allen of Van Buren was diagnosed with COVID-19 at the end of July.
“I just felt like it was getting a sinus infection,” Allen said.
Allen says after his doctor refused to prescribe him anything he got a prescription for hydroxychloroquine, zinc and vitamin D-3 from a physician’s assistant that he knew.
“After the first couple of doses I could really tell it was breaking up the chest congestion, and I was coughing a lot and ended up going to the ER because I was having a hard time breathing,” Allen said.
Allen claims the ER doctor told him to continue taking hydroxychloroquine, along with steroids and within a matter of days, he felt much better.
“I’m not saying it would do that for everyone, but I think it’s pretty crazy that we can’t have a conversation with our doctor about a medication that may work,” Allen said.