Researchers in the UK said that dexamethasone has proved to be a lifesaving drug, WHO has welcomed the positive results. But warned that the powerful anti-inflammatory drug can only be taken under medical supervision.
Researchers also stated that Dexamethasone has saved up to 5,000 lives in the UK. In a trial run by the Oxford University, about 2,000 hospital patients were given dexamethasone and compared with more than 4,000 who were not. The results showed that in patients on ventilators, Dexamethasone cut the risk of death from 40% to 28% while patients needing oxygen the risk of death was cut from 25% to 20%. The drug which is used to reduce inflammation in conditions like arthritis, asthma, and some skin conditions, appears to help stop the damage that can happen when the body’s immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight off coronavirus.
In a statement, Oxford University has said that over 11,500 patients have been enrolled from over 175 United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) hospitals.
However, the WHO has also warned that drug has not shown much effect on mild cases especially for patients who do not need respiratory support. The powerful anti-inflammatory drug can only be taken under medical supervision.