Yesha Callahan

Why I Stopped Taking Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)

Over 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). With this diagnosis, I was prescribed the drug currently being touted by Donald Trump as a COVID-19 treatment: hydroxycholorquine, which is manufactured  as Plaquenil. I thought this drug would have me on my way to getting my RA in check, but I was wrong.

Shortly after starting the drug, the side effects proved to be too much to handle. My body was in a tailspin. For something that was supposed to eliminate joint pain, it made it more severe. On top of that, my vision was constantly blurry, I developed consistent headaches, the nausea was never-ending and I had fevers several times a week. I figured these side-effects would be short lived, but they were not. After two months, I stopped taking the drug. And here we are over 10 years later,  I still suffer from one of the worst side effects of  hydroxycholorquine: memory loss. As with all side-effects with medicine, they vary from person-to-person, but many of these anti-rheumatic drugs, are prone to increase the risks of dementia in patients who use them.

As Trump is trying to push this drug on people infected with COVID-19, many people wondered if there were any ulterior motives. It was uncovered that Trump has a financial interest (ahem: investments) in Sanofi, the company that manufactures the drug.

But of course he does. Why else would he try to push this drug onto those diagnosed with the coronavirus? He definitely didn’t randomly pick that drug out of the blue. 

It’s a shame that we’re stuck with a president that is looking to line his pockets during a pandemic that is threatening to kill hundreds of thousands in this country. But why should we be shocked?

I hope his supporters are proud of themselves. 

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