New Delhi: Amid frantic efforts by scientists across the world to come up with a Covid-19 vaccine, a small ray of hope shone on the world after a drug called dexamethasone showed promising results in a UK-led clinical trial. Hailed as a ‘breakthrough’ in the treatment of coronavirus, dexamethasone is a cheap and widely used steroid which can save the lives of people seriously ill with COVID-19 Also Read - What is Dexamethasone? What Role Does it Play in Saving COVID-19 Patients
Having been available for decades, this low-cost drug named is also used to treat a range of conditions like asthma, eczema, allergies, arthritis etc.
According to researchers, Dexamethasone is the first drug that has shown a significant role in the improvement of the conditions of critically ill COVID-19 patients. As per reports, the drug reduces the death rate by a third for patients on ventilators and for those on oxygen, it cuts deaths by a fifth.
Soon after these news reports created a buzz, Indians frantically searched for the price of the drug, availability of the drug, dexamethasone’s manufacturer, and dexamethasone brands on Google, given that the country is still witnessing a rise in Covid-19 cases.
Most of the queries were from Arunachal Pradesh followed by Sikkim, Delhi, Goa and Nagaland
Meanwhile, many also speculated that the price of the life-saving drug might shoot up in the coming days because of the increased demand. Currently, the cost of the injection is below Rs 10 in India!
However, it is not advisable to take the steroid without a doctor’s prescription as it has many some side-effects too. It can cause nausea, vomiting, headaches, anxiety, trouble falling asleep, high blood pressure etc.