"I'm taking it for about a week and a half now and I'm still here, I'm still here", he said.
He did not mention a name but the description fits that of Vladimir Zelenko, a NY doctor who has promoted hydroxy as a coronavirus treatment and has been touted by Fox News host Sean Hannity.
"So, I probably would take it but I don't want to take it away from people that really need it", Vazquez said.
A pharmacy worker shows pills of hydroxychloroquine used to treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the CHR Centre Hospitalier Regional de la Citadelle Hospital in Liege, Belgium, April 22, 2020. The FDA warned last month that the drug should only be taken in hospitals because of the risk of heart complications.
A medication guide posted on the FDA's website says the drug quinine sulfate "may cause problems with your heart rhythm that can lead to death" and "may cause your blood cell (platelet) count to drop causing serious bleeding problems".
This week, Trump said he has been taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative medicine, despite a lack of scientific evidence.
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"Especially in his age group and in his - shall we say - weight group, what is morbidly obese they say - so, I think it's not a good idea".
The president said he had "zero symptoms" of the novel coronavirus and is being tested frequently.
He also claimed that the "very unscientific report" was conducted by "people that aren't big Trump fans".
It found that more than 61% of COVID-19 infections and 55% of reported deaths _ almost 36,000 people _ could have been been prevented had social distancing measures been put in place one week sooner. "You're not safe taking that medication at all", she added.
'At some point I'll stop, ' he added. The drugs include remdesivir, the HIV treatment lopinavir and ritonavir, multiple sclerosis treatment interferon beta-1a, as well as chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine. The drug has been tied to unsafe heart rhythm problems.
Hydroxychloroquine, which is usually prescribed to treat malaria and autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, has not been proven safe or effective in treating COVID-19, according to the FDA.
The trial is open to anyone delivering direct care to coronavirus patients in the United Kingdom, as long as they have not been diagnosed with Covid-19.
"You can ask, many doctors are in favor of it - many frontline workers won't go there unless they have the hydroxy".