Thai doctors: Cocktail of flu and HIV drugs appears to help fight coronavirus

Thai doctors have seen favorable outcomes in treating serious cases of the new coronavirus with a mix of meds for flu and HIV, with initial outcomes demonstrating tremendous improvement 48 hours subsequent to applying the treatment, they said on Sunday.

A new approach in coronavirus treatment had improved the condition of a few patients when taken care of, including one 70-year-old Chinese lady from Wuhan who tried positive for the coronavirus for 10 days stated the doctors from Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok. The medication treatment includes a blend of anti-HIV drugs lopinavir and ritonavir, in combination with flu drug oseltamivir in high dosages.

“This is not a cure, but the patient’s condition has vastly improved. From testing positive for 10 days under our care, after applying this combination of medicine the test result became negative within 48 hours,” Dr. Kriangska Atipornwanich, a lung specialist at Rajavithi, told reporters. “The outlook is good but we still have to do more study to determine that this can be a standard treatment.”

Chinese health authorities have already been regulating HIV and flu medications to battle the coronavirus. The utilization of the three together in a cocktail appeared to improve the treatment, the Thai specialists said.

Another doctor said that a similar approach in two other patients resulted in one displaying some allergic reaction but the other showed improvement.

“We have been following international practices, but the doctor increased the dosage of one of the drugs,” said Somsak Akkslim, director-general of the Medical Services Department, referring to the flu medicine Oseltamivir.

19 cases of coronavirus recorded in Thailand out of which eight have recovered and gone home while 11 are still under treatment in hospitals.

Somsak said the health ministry will meet on Monday to discuss the successful treatment in the case of the 70-year-old but said it is still too soon to say that this approach can be applied to all cases. “Initially we will apply this approach only to severe cases,” he added.

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