Vastavam web: US President Donald Trump’s medical team confirmed he has been prescribed dexamethasone, a steroid shown in studies to improve survival for patients hospitalised with critical COVID-19 symptoms. The medication is cheap and widely-used but according to guidelines from the Infectious Disease Society of America, it should not be given in mild cases since it can limit the body’s own ability to combat the virus. Dexamethasone has been used since the late 1950s, so doctors are familiar with it.
Dexamethasone belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids and is used to treat a range of conditions related to inflammation. These include severe allergies, some types of nausea and vomiting, arthritis, swelling of the brain and spinal cord, severe asthma and for breathing difficulties in newborn babies. Dr Brian Garibaldi said Mr Trump was given the steroid in response to “transient low oxygen levels”.
The President received his first dose on Saturday and his doctors plan is to continue the treatment for now. Dr Garibaldi said the President was not showing any side effects of the drugs “that we can tell”.