Clinical Adverse Effects Associated with Some COVID-19 Medications Used During the First Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic

Authors

  • Idris Sadiq Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Life Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4794-7122
  • Fatima Abubakar Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Life Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. National Agricultural Extension and Liaison Services, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • Bashiru Ibrahim Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Life Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • Lawi Abdullahi Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Sciences, Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria
  • Dauda Danlami Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Sciences, Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria

Keywords:

COVID-19, Drugs, Toxicity, Adverse effects

Abstract

Numerous drugs have been repurposed to effectively tackle the COVID-19 pandemic as scientists and pharmaceutical firms compete to produce vaccines and antivirals without dwelling on the toxicity aspects. This paper explores the toxicity of several major medications used in the treatment of patients with COVID-19. Relevant literature from PubMed and Google scholar were reviewed. Several toxicities such as hepatic function disorder, damage to organs, Muscle problems, skin rash, seizures, lack of appetite, vision problems, low levels of blood cells, diarrhea, hyperkalemia renal damage, and other adverse reaction were found to be associated with drugs use for COVID-19 pandemic. The current race to produce therapeutics and vaccines must be advance with caution to avoid future consequences.

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Published

2022-08-10