Dexamethasone: Do NOT Buy It Online!


Health Editor’s Note: The only safe way to obtain dexamethasone, which may or may not become a treatment choice for COVID-19, is to get a doctor’s prescription. See a health care provider.  This is a drug that has many side effects but is also proven as a treatment for many other diseases and conditions. Dexamethasone is a strong anti-inflammatory and would come into play after you have contracted coronavirus, not before. Understand that this drug does NOT prevent COVID-19….Carol

Buying New COVID-19 Treatment Dexamethasone Illegally Online ‘Dangerous’

by Kashmira Gander/Newsweek Health

Health experts have warned against trying to buy dexamethasone, the first drug found to cut deaths in seriously ill COVID-19 patients, online.

Dexamethasone is an existing steroid drug that prevents the body from releasing substances that cause inflammation. Available as a tablet or injection, it is already used to treat conditions including ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis and breathing problems.

On Tuesday, researchers at the University of Oxford in the U.K. announced dexamethasone was found to reduce deaths by one-third in hospitalized COVID-19 patients hooked up to ventilators, and a fifth in those requiring oxygen. They found it had no benefit to those who did not need respiratory support. The study involving 2,104 patients was part of the university’s RECOVERY trial into potential COVID-19 treatments.

The findings have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal, meaning other experts have not been able to assess the team’s data.

Following the announcement, Google searches in the U.S related to dexamethasone spiked, including terms such as “buy,” “buy online,” and “prevent COVID.” While some searches appeared to be related to buying stocks in companies that sell the drug, related queries included “where can I buy dexamethasone,” and “dexamethasone over the counter,” suggesting … more:

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