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COVID-19: old drug could protect against lung injury

A drug that was approved by the FDA over 70 years ago could be helpful against lung injury caused by COVID-19.

drug approved by the FDA over 70 years ago may help treat COVID-19

The drug that experts think may help is disulfiram.


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How can it help?

Disulfiram is expected to slow the formation of fibrosis in the lungs of COVID-19 patients. Find details of the study here.

The effectiveness of this drug for COVID-19 patients is being tested in golden hamsters.

Infected hamsters that received  disulfiram treatment showed changes in gene activity that suggest a sizable reduction of the harmful inflammatory response.

This drug is more protective to our lungs than dexamethasone. Dexamethasone is the standard severe-COVID-19 treatment.

The use of this drug could be critical for those suffering lung damage from COVID.

Some researchers have started small clinical trials of disulfiram in COVID-19 patients. The trials for these have not yet been published.


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