President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he plans to stop taking hydroxychloroquine “in a day or two.”
Trump took the drug as a way to prevent the disease caused by the coronavirus despite scientist’s concerns.
"I think the regimen finishes in a day or two. I think it's in two days," Trump told reporters during a meeting with the governors of Arkansas and Kansas according to The Hill.
The Food and Drug Administration last month cautioned against the use of the medicine outside of a hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problems, citing potential “life threatening” heart problems.
The president has defended his choice, saying the drug “gives you an additional level of safety” and claimed, “many doctors are in favor of it” and that “many frontline workers won’t go there unless they have hydroxy.”
Trump has also been taking a daily dose of zinc and an initial dose of the antibiotic azithromycin.
Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician, has not said whether he’d prescribed the drug to Trump or recommended a dosage.
“After numerous discussions he and I had regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine,” Conley wrote in a memo released by the White House on Monday, “we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.”
“I continue to monitor the myriad studies investigating potential COVID-19 therapies.”
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