New Delhi: The government has expressed concern about the “misuse and overuse” of Covid-19 drugs as cases continue to climb in India due to the highly transmissible variant of Omicron.
Addressing a press conference, NITI Aayog (Health) member Dr VK Paul said Covid-19 patients isolated at home should take paracetamol for fever and for cough, syrup of Ayush could be used.
“For fever, we give paracetamol, and for cough, we can use Ayush syrup. This is also what we prescribed in the home care module. If the cough persists for more than three days , there is an inhaler called Budesonide, those are the only three things that need to be done,” said Dr. VK Paul.
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Other than that, have warm water, gargle at home, and rest, he said.
Dr VK Paul said that for people requiring hospitalization, there were clear guidelines on the use of drugs like dexamethasone and remdesivir.
“When we also go to the hospital and there is a need for oxygen, then based on clinical judgment there is a drug – methylprednisolone or dexamethasone. Heparin is also given by doctors inside hospitals…there are also clear guidelines for remdesivir out there no point giving it at home – this has led to overuse, panic and misuse “, did he declare.
Paul said these protocols were developed by top experts and “we have a genuine concern about the overuse of drugs in Covid treatment”.
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“The use of steroids can increase the risk of mucormycosis. Steroids are very powerful life-saving drugs, but they also have side effects and they disrupt immunological protection, they disrupt many biochemical pathways, so this was a very big lesson,” he added. .
“This is a call that the general public should know that there is a set of rational treatments that are listed in the national protocols – ayush and the traditional protocol and we have to limit ourselves to that,” said Dr. VK Paul.
India added 1,94,720 new infections to its Covid-19 case tally, taking it to 3, 60, 70,510, according to data from the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday.
Active cases rose to 9,55,319, the highest in 211 days. The death toll rose to 4,84,655, with 442 new fatalities.
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