Health D-G warns against taking dexamethasone without prescription

Ragananthini Vethasalam

UK researchers have found that dexamethasone reduced deaths among those who could only breathe with the help of a ventilator by 35%. – EPA pic, June 17, 2020.

THE Health Ministry has cautioned people not to consume dexamethasone without a doctor’s prescription, although clinical trials have shown that the steroid works in treating advanced cases of Covid-19. 

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the anti-inflammatory medicine was introduced in the 1960s and is administered for a variety of illnesses, including cancer.

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