Brief Review of Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine Toxicity and Management

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West J Emerg Med. 2020 Jun 3;21(4):760-763. doi: 10.5811/westjem.2020.5.47810.


As of April 21, 2020, more than 2.5 million cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, have been reported in 210 countries and territories, with the death toll at 171,810. Both chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have gained considerable media attention as possible therapies, resulting in a significant surge in demand. In overdose, both medications can cause severe, potentially life-threatening effects. Here, we present a brief overview of the pharmacology of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, manifestations of toxicity, and treatment considerations.

PMID:32726238 | DOI:10.5811/westjem.2020.5.47810

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