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Glob Heart ; 16(1): 18, 2021 03 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33833942

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The current pandemic of SARS-COV 2 infection (Covid-19) is challenging health systems and communities worldwide. At the individual level, the main biological system involved in Covid-19 is the respiratory system. Respiratory complications range from mild flu-like illness symptoms to a fatal respiratory distress syndrome or a severe and fulminant pneumonia. Critically, the presence of a pre-existing cardiovascular disease or its risk factors, such as hypertension or type II diabetes mellitus, increases the chance of having severe complications (including death) if infected by the virus. In addition, the infection can worsen an existing cardiovascular disease or precipitate new ones. This paper presents a contemporary review of cardiovascular complications of Covid-19. It also specifically examines the impact of the disease on those already vulnerable and on the poorly resourced health systems of Africa as well as the potential broader consequences on the socio-economic health of this region.


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/fisiopatologia , Doenças Cardiovasculares/fisiopatologia , Síndrome Coronariana Aguda/economia , Síndrome Coronariana Aguda/etiologia , Síndrome Coronariana Aguda/fisiopatologia , África , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Arritmias Cardíacas/economia , Arritmias Cardíacas/etiologia , Arritmias Cardíacas/fisiopatologia , /economia , Doenças Cardiovasculares/economia , Doenças Cardiovasculares/etiologia , Cloroquina/efeitos adversos , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Infecções por Coronavirus/fisiopatologia , Assistência à Saúde/economia , Recessão Econômica , Produto Interno Bruto , Recursos em Saúde/economia , Recursos em Saúde/provisão & distribução , Insuficiência Cardíaca/economia , Insuficiência Cardíaca/etiologia , Insuficiência Cardíaca/fisiopatologia , Humanos , Hidroxicloroquina/efeitos adversos , Inflamação , Isquemia Miocárdica/economia , Isquemia Miocárdica/etiologia , Isquemia Miocárdica/fisiopatologia , Miocardite/economia , Miocardite/etiologia , Miocardite/fisiopatologia , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/complicações , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/fisiopatologia , Fatores Socioeconômicos , Cardiomiopatia de Takotsubo/economia , Cardiomiopatia de Takotsubo/etiologia , Cardiomiopatia de Takotsubo/fisiopatologia
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Biomed Res Int ; 2021: 8821318, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33732744

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The off-label use of antiviral and antimalarial drugs has been considered by many researchers as a fast and relatively safe alternative to provide therapeutic options to treat COVID-19, but the assessment of such drug-specific effectiveness in this regard is far from complete. Especially, the current body of knowledge about COVID-19 therapeutics needs more data regarding drug effectiveness and safety in the severely ill patients with comorbidities. In the present article, we retrospectively analyze data from 61 patients that received treatment with chloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir, both drugs administered together, or a standard treatment with no antiviral drugs, and the study was carried in severely ill patients. We found that either drug is ineffective at treating COVID-19, as they are not able to reduce hospitalization length, mortality, C-reactive protein (CRP), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), d-Dimer, or ferritin, or to enhance gasometric parameters, lymphocytes, total leukocytes, and neutrophil levels, whereas both drugs administered together decrease circulating lymphocytes, increase LDH and ferritin levels, and more importantly, enhance mortality. In this way, our results show that both drugs are ineffective and even potentially harmful alternatives against SARS-CoV-2.


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/tratamento farmacológico , Cloroquina/efeitos adversos , Cloroquina/uso terapêutico , Lopinavir/efeitos adversos , Lopinavir/uso terapêutico , Ritonavir/efeitos adversos , Ritonavir/uso terapêutico , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Antimaláricos/uso terapêutico , Antivirais/efeitos adversos , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Quimioterapia Combinada/efeitos adversos , Quimioterapia Combinada/métodos , Feminino , Hospitalização , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estudos Retrospectivos , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Adulto Jovem
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Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med ; 29(1): 48, 2021 Mar 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33722251

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BACKGROUND: Chloroquine use has increased worldwide recently in the setting of experimental treatment for the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Nevertheless, in case of chloroquine intoxication, it can be life threatening, with cardiac arrest, due to its cardiac toxicity. CASE PRESENTATION: This case study reports on a 14-years-old girl who presented in cardiac arrest after an uncommon suicide attempt by ingesting 3 g of chloroquine. After 66 min of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) was initiated, allowing cardiac function to recover. CONCLUSIONS: Chloroquine intoxication is a rare but serious condition due to its cardiac toxicity. Use of ECPR in this case of transient toxicity allowed a favorable evolution with little neurological impairment.


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/tratamento farmacológico , Reanimação Cardiopulmonar/métodos , Cloroquina/efeitos adversos , Oxigenação por Membrana Extracorpórea/métodos , Parada Cardíaca/terapia , Adolescente , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Antimaláricos/uso terapêutico , Cloroquina/uso terapêutico , Feminino , Parada Cardíaca/induzido quimicamente , Humanos , Pandemias , Índice de Gravidade de Doença
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Rev Soc Bras Med Trop ; 54: e05362020, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33605379

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INTRODUCTION: Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), such as artemisinin-piperaquine (AP), dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DP), and artemether-lumefantrine (AL), is the first-line treatment for malaria in many malaria-endemic areas. However, we lack a detailed evaluation of the cardiotoxicity of these ACTs. This study aimed to analyze the electrocardiographic effects of these three ACTs in malaria patients. METHODS: We analyzed the clinical data of 89 hospitalized patients with falciparum malaria who had received oral doses of three different ACTs. According to the ACTs administered, these patients were divided into three treatment groups: 27 treated with AP (Artequick), 31 with DP (Artekin), and 31 with AL (Coartem). Electrocardiograms and other indicators were recorded before and after the treatment. The QT interval was calculated using Fridericia's formula (QTcF) and Bazett's formula (QTcB). RESULTS: Both QTcF and QTcB interval prolongation occurred in all three groups. The incidence of such prolongation between the three groups was not significantly different. The incidence of both moderate and severe prolongation was not significantly different between the three groups. The ΔQTcF and ΔQTcB of the three groups were not significantly different. The intra-group comparison showed significant prolongation of QTcF after AL treatment. CONCLUSIONS: Clinically recommended doses of DP, AL, and AP may cause QT prolongation in some malaria patients but do not cause torsades de pointes ventricular tachycardia or other arrhythmias.


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Antimaláricos , Artemisininas , Malária Falciparum , Malária , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Artemeter/uso terapêutico , Combinação Arteméter e Lumefantrina/uso terapêutico , Artemisininas/efeitos adversos , Combinação de Medicamentos , Eletrocardiografia , Humanos , Malária/tratamento farmacológico , Malária Falciparum/tratamento farmacológico , Quinolinas
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Cochrane Database Syst Rev ; 2: CD013587, 2021 02 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33624299

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BACKGROUND: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in substantial mortality. Some specialists proposed chloroquine (CQ) and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for treating or preventing the disease. The efficacy and safety of these drugs have been assessed in randomized controlled trials. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects of chloroquine (CQ) or hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for 1) treating people with COVID-19 on death and time to clearance of the virus; 2) preventing infection in people at risk of SARS-CoV-2 exposure; 3) preventing infection in people exposed to SARS-CoV-2. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, Embase, Current Controlled Trials (www.controlled-trials.com), and the COVID-19-specific resources www.covid-nma.com and covid-19.cochrane.org, for studies of any publication status and in any language. We performed all searches up to 15 September 2020. We contacted researchers to identify unpublished and ongoing studies. SELECTION CRITERIA: We included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) testing chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine in people with COVID-19, people at risk of COVID-19 exposure, and people exposed to COVID-19. Adverse events (any, serious, and QT-interval prolongation on electrocardiogram) were also extracted. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: Two review authors independently assessed eligibility of search results, extracted data from the included studies, and assessed risk of bias using the Cochrane 'Risk of bias' tool. We contacted study authors for clarification and additional data for some studies. We used risk ratios (RR) for dichotomous outcomes and mean differences (MD) for continuous outcomes, with 95% confidence intervals (CIs). We performed meta-analysis using a random-effects model for outcomes where pooling of effect estimates was appropriate. MAIN RESULTS: 1. Treatment of COVID-19 disease We included 12 trials involving 8569 participants, all of whom were adults. Studies were from China (4); Brazil, Egypt, Iran, Spain, Taiwan, the UK, and North America (each 1 study); and a global study in 30 countries (1 study). Nine were in hospitalized patients, and three from ambulatory care. Disease severity, prevalence of comorbidities, and use of co-interventions varied substantially between trials. We found potential risks of bias across all domains for several trials. Nine trials compared HCQ with standard care (7779 participants), and one compared HCQ with placebo (491 participants); dosing schedules varied. HCQ makes little or no difference to death due to any cause (RR 1.09, 95% CI 0.99 to 1.19; 8208 participants; 9 trials; high-certainty evidence). A sensitivity analysis using modified intention-to-treat results from three trials did not influence the pooled effect estimate.  HCQ may make little or no difference to the proportion of people having negative PCR for SARS-CoV-2 on respiratory samples at day 14 from enrolment (RR 1.00, 95% CI 0.91 to 1.10; 213 participants; 3 trials; low-certainty evidence). HCQ probably results in little to no difference in progression to mechanical ventilation (RR 1.11, 95% CI 0.91 to 1.37; 4521 participants; 3 trials; moderate-certainty evidence). HCQ probably results in an almost three-fold increased risk of adverse events (RR 2.90, 95% CI 1.49 to 5.64; 1394 participants; 6 trials; moderate-certainty evidence), but may make little or no difference to the risk of serious adverse events (RR 0.82, 95% CI 0.37 to 1.79; 1004 participants; 6 trials; low-certainty evidence). We are very uncertain about the effect of HCQ on time to clinical improvement or risk of prolongation of QT-interval on electrocardiogram (very low-certainty evidence). One trial (22 participants) randomized patients to CQ versus lopinavir/ritonavir, a drug with unknown efficacy against SARS-CoV-2, and did not report any difference for clinical recovery or adverse events. One trial compared HCQ combined with azithromycin against standard care (444 participants). This trial did not detect a difference in death, requirement for mechanical ventilation, length of hospital admission, or serious adverse events. A higher risk of adverse events was reported in the HCQ-and-azithromycin arm; this included QT-interval prolongation, when measured. One trial compared HCQ with febuxostat, another drug with unknown efficacy against SARS-CoV-2 (60 participants). There was no difference detected in risk of hospitalization or change in computed tomography (CT) scan appearance of the lungs; no deaths were reported. 2. Preventing COVID-19 disease in people at risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 Ongoing trials are yet to report results for this objective. 3. Preventing COVID-19 disease in people who have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 One trial (821 participants) compared HCQ with placebo as a prophylactic agent in the USA (around 90% of participants) and Canada. Asymptomatic adults (66% healthcare workers; mean age 40 years; 73% without comorbidity) with a history of exposure to people with confirmed COVID-19 were recruited. We are very uncertain about the effect of HCQ on the primary outcomes, for which few events were reported: 20/821 (2.4%) developed confirmed COVID-19 at 14 days from enrolment, and 2/821 (0.2%) were hospitalized due to COVID-19 (very low-certainty evidence). HCQ probably increases the risk of adverse events compared with placebo (RR 2.39, 95% CI 1.83 to 3.11; 700 participants; 1 trial; moderate-certainty evidence). HCQ may result in little or no difference in serious adverse events (no RR: no participants experienced serious adverse events; low-certainty evidence). One cluster-randomized trial (2525 participants) compared HCQ with standard care for the prevention of COVID-19 in people with a history of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in Spain. Most participants were working or residing in nursing homes; mean age was 49 years. There was no difference in the risk of symptomatic confirmed COVID-19 or production of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 between the two study arms. AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS: HCQ for people infected with COVID-19 has little or no effect on the risk of death and probably no effect on progression to mechanical ventilation. Adverse events are tripled compared to placebo, but very few serious adverse events were found. No further trials of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for treatment should be carried out. These results make it less likely that the drug is effective in protecting people from infection, although this is not excluded entirely. It is probably sensible to complete trials examining prevention of infection, and ensure these are carried out to a high standard to provide unambiguous results.


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Antimaláricos/uso terapêutico , /prevenção & controle , Cloroquina/uso terapêutico , Hidroxicloroquina/uso terapêutico , Adulto , Idoso , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Antivirais/efeitos adversos , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Viés , /mortalidade , Causas de Morte , Cloroquina/efeitos adversos , Humanos , Hidroxicloroquina/efeitos adversos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Prognóstico , Ensaios Clínicos Controlados Aleatórios como Assunto , Respiração Artificial/estatística & dados numéricos , Padrão de Cuidado , Resultado do Tratamento
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BMJ Case Rep ; 14(1)2021 Jan 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33500299

RESUMO

The use of artemisinin derivatives has been recommended by the WHO guidelines in malaria treatment largely due to its rapid parasite clearance and safety profile. This case report details the development of delayed haemolysis and subsequent severe acute kidney injury (AKI) 13 days after commencing intravenous artesunate treatment for malaria in an Australian returned traveller. Delayed haemolysis may be an under-recognised complication following artesunate use and if severe, can be complicated by AKI. Therefore, close patient follow-up following treatment is required to ensure prompt recognition of this phenomenon.


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Lesão Renal Aguda/etiologia , Anemia Hemolítica/induzido quimicamente , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Artesunato/efeitos adversos , Malária Falciparum/tratamento farmacológico , Lesão Renal Aguda/metabolismo , Lesão Renal Aguda/terapia , Administração Intravenosa , Anemia Hemolítica/complicações , Anemia Hemolítica/terapia , Austrália , Transfusão de Eritrócitos , Hidratação , Hemólise , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Doença Relacionada a Viagens
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J Mol Cell Cardiol ; 153: 106-110, 2021 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33373642

RESUMO

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has become a global pandemic as declared by World Health Organization (WHO). In the absence of an effective treatment, different drugs with unknown effectiveness, including antimalarial hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), with or without concurrent administration with azithromycin (AZM), have been tested for treating COVID-19 patients with developed pneumonia. However, the efficacy and safety of HCQ and/or AZM have been questioned by recent clinical reports. Direct effects of these drugs on the human heart remain very poorly defined. To better understand the mechanisms of action of HCQ +/- AZM, we employed bioengineered human ventricular cardiac tissue strip (hvCTS) and anisotropic sheet (hvCAS) assays, made with human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived ventricular cardiomyocytes (hvCMs), which have been designed for measuring cardiac contractility and electrophysiology, respectively. Our hvCTS experiments showed that AZM induced a dose-dependent negative inotropic effect which could be aggravated by HCQ; electrophysiologically, as revealed by the hvCAS platform, AZM prolonged action potentials and induced spiral wave formations. Collectively, our data were consistent with reported clinical risks of HCQ and AZM on QTc prolongation/ventricular arrhythmias and development of heart failure. In conclusion, our study exposed the risks of HCQ/AZM administration while providing mechanistic insights for their toxicity. Our bioengineered human cardiac tissue constructs therefore provide a useful platform for screening cardiac safety and efficacy when developing therapeutics against COVID-19.


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Arritmias Cardíacas/patologia , Azitromicina/efeitos adversos , Cloroquina/efeitos adversos , Efeitos Colaterais e Reações Adversas Relacionados a Medicamentos/patologia , Contração Miocárdica , Miócitos Cardíacos/patologia , Função Ventricular/efeitos dos fármacos , Antibacterianos/efeitos adversos , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Arritmias Cardíacas/induzido quimicamente , Efeitos Colaterais e Reações Adversas Relacionados a Medicamentos/etiologia , Humanos , Miócitos Cardíacos/efeitos dos fármacos , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes/efeitos dos fármacos , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes/patologia , Engenharia Tecidual/métodos
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Drug Saf ; 44(1): 95-105, 2021 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33354753

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INTRODUCTION: Evidence-based clinical data on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pharmacotherapies are scarce. OBJECTIVE: This study documented and characterized COVID-19 cases reported in individuals receiving treatment with Pfizer pharmaceutical products and cases that reported use of Pfizer pharmaceutical products for COVID-19 treatment. METHODS: This retrospective observational review leveraged the Pfizer safety database containing adverse event data collected in association with use of Pfizer products between 1 October, 2019, and 25 June, 2020; the database includes worldwide adverse event data from various sources. Selected Medical Dictionary for Drug Regulatory Activities (MedDRA®) Preferred Terms and subsequent clinical review were used to characterize COVID-19 cases. RESULTS: Over 1500 relevant cases were identified over an 8-month period. In cases that reported COVID-19, immunosuppressant/immunomodulating agents, followed by anticoagulant/antithrombic agents and corticosteroids, were the most frequently reported agents. The frequent reporting of immunosuppressant/immunomodulating agents among cases of COVID-19 suggests increased vulnerability to infection among treated patients, either because of immunosuppressive effects of certain agents or the nature of the underlying treated condition. In cases involving off-label pharmacotherapy use for the treatment of COVID-19-related conditions, the most frequently reported therapeutic classes included antibiotics, antimalarial agents, antivirals/antiretroviral agents, immunosuppressant/immunomodulating agents, corticosteroids, anticoagulants, and immunoglobulin/interferons. The most frequently reported pharmacotherapeutic agents were azithromycin and chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine, followed by lopinavir-ritonavir, ceftriaxone, and tofacitinib. The most frequently reported clinical adverse events associated with azithromycin (as sole therapy or combined with chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine) include electrocardiogram QT prolonged, drug interaction, hepatitis, diarrhea, and hepatitis acute. Regarding cardiac-related events, 19% (120/645) of azithromycin cases reported events associated with QT prolongation/torsade de pointes (which included seven fatal cardiac events). The most frequently reported clinical adverse events associated with other commonly used agents are also presented. CONCLUSIONS: This pharmacovigilance surveillance study provides a unique characterization of cases in which a broad range of pharmaceutical products was reported in relation to COVID-19.


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Sistemas de Notificação de Reações Adversas a Medicamentos/tendências , Indústria Farmacêutica/tendências , Efeitos Colaterais e Reações Adversas Relacionados a Medicamentos/epidemiologia , Saúde Global/tendências , Farmacovigilância , Sistemas de Notificação de Reações Adversas a Medicamentos/normas , Anticoagulantes/efeitos adversos , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Antivirais/efeitos adversos , Bases de Dados Factuais/normas , Bases de Dados Factuais/tendências , Indústria Farmacêutica/normas , Efeitos Colaterais e Reações Adversas Relacionados a Medicamentos/diagnóstico , Saúde Global/normas , Humanos , Imunossupressores/efeitos adversos , Estudos Retrospectivos
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BMJ Case Rep ; 13(12)2020 Dec 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33334765

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An 8-year-old girl of African descent presented to the hospital with a headache, lethargy, pallor and 'Coca-Cola'-coloured urine. She had been admitted 11 days before with Plasmodium falciparum malaria, which was successfully treated with 48 hours of parenteral artesunate. Investigations revealed signs of severe haemolytic anaemia, with a haemoglobin level of 52 g/L that reached a nadir of 10 g/L within 4 hours, in addition to haemoglobinuria, hyperbilirubinaemia and raised lactate dehydrogenase levels. She was diagnosed with post-artemisinin delayed haemolysis, which is usually self-limiting but has the potential to cause severe, life-threatening anaemia 7-21 days following malaria treatment with artesunate. There was excellent response to blood transfusion, and the child made a full recovery. This case highlights the importance of providing safety netting advice regarding signs and symptoms of anaemia to patients receiving artesunate, in addition to monitoring of haemoglobin levels in the weeks after treatment.


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Anemia/induzido quimicamente , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Artesunato/efeitos adversos , Hemólise/efeitos dos fármacos , Malária Falciparum/tratamento farmacológico , Anemia/diagnóstico , Anemia/terapia , Anemia/urina , Transfusão de Sangue , Criança , Feminino , Humanos , Fatores de Tempo , Resultado do Tratamento
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J Med Case Rep ; 14(1): 210, 2020 Nov 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33138853

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BACKGROUND: Since the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic due to the novel coronavirus disease2019, there have been targeted efforts to establish management modalities. Hydroxychloroquine has been suggested as a possible treatment; however, it is associated with multiple adverse reactions. We report a rare case of a patient with acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis with Stevens-Johnson syndrome due to hydroxychloroquine. Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis is characterized by acute onset of a generalized rash that is pustular and erosive in nature, affecting limbs; trunk; face; and, less often, mucosal membranes. Although rare, it is important to be mindful of this side effect because the diagnosis is often delayed, and the disease has the potential to be life-threatening. CASE PRESENTATION: A 68-year-old American woman presented to our hospital with a painful, rapidly spreading rash. Its morphologic features included erythema multiforme-like lesions with extensive skin sloughing in various regions of the head, neck, and trunk and mucosal involvement. Her Nikolsky sign was negative, and she had no evidence of lesions on areas of skin trauma. Four weeks prior, she had been initiated on hydroxychloroquine for a presumed diagnosis of cutaneous sarcoidosis. Three punch biopsies of the head and neck area revealed subcorneal pustules consistent with acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis. Treatment began with high doses of methylprednisolone, leading to only minimal improvement of existing areas and ongoing spread to new areas. Treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin was initiated, at which point disease stability was achieved. The patient's rash ultimately resolved, as did her cutaneous pain and pruritus. CONCLUSIONS: Among many potential adverse reactions involving hydroxychloroquine, cutaneous side effects are varied and can lead to significant morbidity or even death. The drug is currently being investigated in a multitude of trials for coronavirus disease2019 treatment, prevention, and prophylaxis after exposure to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis is a rare side effect of hydroxychloroquine, and even fewer cases demonstrate histologic evidence of acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis while clinically presenting with Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Patients who develop Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis require best supportive care with aggressive fluid and electrolyte replacement and prevention of further breakdown of the skin barrier. With the potential of widespread hydroxychloroquine use, it is important that providers be aware of its potential severe adverse drug reactions.


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Pustulose Exantematosa Aguda Generalizada , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Hidroxicloroquina , Imunoglobulinas Intravenosas/administração & dosagem , Metilprednisolona/administração & dosagem , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Sarcoidose/tratamento farmacológico , Síndrome de Stevens-Johnson , Pustulose Exantematosa Aguda Generalizada/diagnóstico , Pustulose Exantematosa Aguda Generalizada/etiologia , Pustulose Exantematosa Aguda Generalizada/fisiopatologia , Pustulose Exantematosa Aguda Generalizada/terapia , Idoso , Antimaláricos/administração & dosagem , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Biópsia/métodos , Feminino , Humanos , Hidroxicloroquina/administração & dosagem , Hidroxicloroquina/efeitos adversos , Fatores Imunológicos , Pandemias , Pele/patologia , Dermatopatias/tratamento farmacológico , Síndrome de Stevens-Johnson/diagnóstico , Síndrome de Stevens-Johnson/etiologia , Síndrome de Stevens-Johnson/fisiopatologia , Síndrome de Stevens-Johnson/terapia , Resultado do Tratamento
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Trials ; 21(1): 867, 2020 Oct 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33081817

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BACKGROUND: There is an urgent need for treatments that can shorten hospitalization and lower the risk of secondary infection and death in patients with corona disease. The ProPac-COVID trial evaluates whether combination therapy with macrolide azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine via anti-inflammation/immune modulation, antiviral efficacy, and pre-emptive treatment of supra-infections can shorten hospitalization duration and reduce the risk of non-invasive ventilation, treatment in the intensive care unit, and death in patients with acute hospital admission and a positive test for 2019-nCoV and symptoms of COVID-19 disease. METHODS: The ProPAC-COVID is a multi-center, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded clinical trial. The primary outcome is number of days spent alive and out of hospital within 14 days from randomization. Randomization will be in blocks of unknown size, and the final allocation will be stratified for age, site of recruitment, and whether the patient has any chronic lung diseases. Data is analyzed using intention-to-treat (ITT) principles, and main analyses will also be subject to modified ITT analysis and per protocol analysis. DISCUSSION: This paper describes the detailed statistical analysis plan for the evaluation of primary and secondary endpoints of the ProPAC-COVID study. Enrolment of patients to the ProPAC-COVID study is still ongoing. The purpose of this paper is to provide primary publication of study results to prevent selective reporting of outcomes, data-driven analysis, and to increase transparency. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT04322396 . Registered on 26 March 2020.


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Antibacterianos/uso terapêutico , Antimaláricos/uso terapêutico , Azitromicina/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Hidroxicloroquina/uso terapêutico , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Idoso , Antibacterianos/efeitos adversos , Antibioticoprofilaxia/métodos , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Azitromicina/efeitos adversos , Betacoronavirus/genética , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Dinamarca/epidemiologia , Método Duplo-Cego , Quimioterapia Combinada , Feminino , Mortalidade Hospitalar/tendências , Hospitalização/estatística & dados numéricos , Humanos , Hidroxicloroquina/efeitos adversos , Unidades de Terapia Intensiva/estatística & dados numéricos , Análise de Intenção de Tratamento/métodos , Masculino , Ventilação não Invasiva/efeitos adversos , Placebos/administração & dosagem , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Comportamento de Redução do Risco
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J Pharmacol Sci ; 144(3): 95-101, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32921396

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Patients living with HIV in malarial endemic regions may experience clinically significant drug interaction between antiretroviral and antimalarial drugs. Effects of nevirapine (NVP), efavirenz (EFV) and lopinavir/ritonavir (LPVr) on lumefantrine (LM) therapeutic concentrations and toxicity were evaluated. In a four-arm parallel study design, the blood samples of 40 participants, treated with artemether/lumefantrine (AL), were analysed. Lumefantrine Cmax was increased by 32% (p = 0.012) and 325% (p < 0.0001) in the NVP and LPVr arms respectively but decreased by 62% (p < 0.0001) in the EFV-arm. AUC of LM was, respectively, increased by 50% (p = 0.27) and 328% (p < 0.0001) in the NVP and LPVr arms but decreased in the EFV-arm by 30% (p = 0.019). Median day 7 LM concentration was less than 280 ng/mL in EFV-arm (239 ng/mL) but higher in control (290 ng/mL), NVP (369 ng/mL, p = 0.004) and LPVr (1331 ng/mL, p < 0.0001) arms. There were no clinically relevant toxicities nor adverse events in both control and test arms. Artemether/lumefantrine is safe and effective for treatment of malaria in PLWHA taking NVP and LPVr based ART regimen but not EFV-based regimen.


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Antirretrovirais/efeitos adversos , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Combinação Arteméter e Lumefantrina/efeitos adversos , Benzoxazinas/efeitos adversos , Interações Medicamentosas , Infecções por HIV/tratamento farmacológico , Malária/tratamento farmacológico , Nevirapina/efeitos adversos , Adulto , Alquinos , Antirretrovirais/administração & dosagem , Antirretrovirais/sangue , Antimaláricos/administração & dosagem , Antimaláricos/sangue , Combinação Arteméter e Lumefantrina/administração & dosagem , Combinação Arteméter e Lumefantrina/sangue , Benzoxazinas/administração & dosagem , Benzoxazinas/sangue , Ciclopropanos , Combinação de Medicamentos , Quimioterapia Combinada , Feminino , Infecções por HIV/complicações , Humanos , Lopinavir , Malária/complicações , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Nevirapina/administração & dosagem , Nevirapina/sangue , Nigéria , Ritonavir , Resultado do Tratamento , Adulto Jovem
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Front Immunol ; 11: 2159, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32983179

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The rapid spread, severity, and lack of specific treatment for COVID-19 resulted in hasty drug repurposing. Conceptually, trials of antivirals were well-accepted, but twentieth century antimalarials sparked an impassioned global debate. Notwithstanding, antiviral and immunomodulatory effects of aminoquinolines have been investigated in vitro, in vivo and in clinical trials for more than 30 years. We review the mechanisms of action of (hydroxy)chloroquine on immune cells and networks and discuss promises and pitfalls in the fight against SARS-CoV-2, the agent of the COVID-19 outbreak.


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Antimaláricos/uso terapêutico , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Hidroxicloroquina/uso terapêutico , Fatores Imunológicos/uso terapêutico , Imunomodulação , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Antimaláricos/farmacologia , Antivirais/efeitos adversos , Antivirais/farmacologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos/métodos , Humanos , Hidroxicloroquina/efeitos adversos , Hidroxicloroquina/farmacologia , Fatores Imunológicos/efeitos adversos , Fatores Imunológicos/farmacologia , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia
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Cochrane Database Syst Rev ; 9: CD010458, 2020 09 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32892362

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BACKGROUND: Plasmodium vivax malaria has a persistent liver stage that causes relapse of the disease and continued P vivax transmission. Primaquine (PQ) is used to clear the liver stage of the parasite, but treatment is required for 14 days. Primaquine also causes haemolysis in people with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. Tafenoquine (TQ) is a new alternative to PQ with a longer half-life and can be used as a single-dose treatment. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of tafenoquine 300 mg (single dose) on preventing P vivax relapse. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the following up to 3 June 2020: the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group Specialized Register; CENTRAL; MEDLINE; Embase; and three other databases. We also searched the WHO International Clinical Trial Registry Platform and the metaRegister of Controlled Trials for ongoing trials using "tafenoquine" and "malaria" as search terms up to 3 June 2020. SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that gave TQ to prevent relapse in people with P vivax malaria. We planned to include trials irrespective of whether participants had been screened for G6PD enzyme deficiency. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: All review authors independently extracted data and assessed risk of bias. As true relapse and reinfection are difficult to differentiate in people living in endemic areas, studies report "recurrences" of infection as a proxy for relapse. We carried out meta-analysis where appropriate, and gave estimates as risk ratios (RR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI). We assessed the certainty of the evidence using the GRADE approach. MAIN RESULTS: Three individually randomized RCTs met our inclusion criteria, all in endemic areas, and thus reporting recurrence. Trials compared TQ with PQ or placebo, and all participants received chloroquine (CQ) to treat the asexual infection). In all trials, pregnant and G6PD-deficient people were excluded. Tafenoquine 300 mg single dose versus no treatment for relapse prevention Two trials assessed this comparison. TQ 300 mg single dose reduces P vivax recurrences compared to no antihypnozoite treatment during a six-month follow-up, but there is moderate uncertainty around effect size (RR 0.32, 95% CI 0.12 to 0.88; 2 trials, 504 participants; moderate-certainty evidence). In people with normal G6PD status, there is probably little or no difference in any type of adverse events (2 trials, 504 participants; moderate-certainty evidence). However, we are uncertain if TQ causes more serious adverse events (2 trials, 504 participants; very low-certainty evidence). Both RCTs reported a total of 23 serious adverse events in TQ groups (One RCT reported 21 events) and a majority (15 events) were a drop in haemoglobin level by > 3g/dl (or >30% reduction from baseline). Tafenoquine 300 mg single dose versus primaquine 15 mg/day for 14 days for relapse prevention Three trials assessed this comparison. There is probably little or no difference between TQ and PQ in preventing recurrences (proxy measure for relapse) up to six months of follow-up (RR 1.04, 95% CI 0.8 to 1.34; 3 trials, 747 participants; moderate-certainty evidence). In people with normal G6PD status, there is probably little or no difference in any type of adverse events (3 trials, 747 participants; moderate-certainty evidence). We are uncertain if TQ can cause more serious adverse events compared to PQ (3 trials, 747 participants; very low-certainty evidence). Two trials had higher point estimates against TQ while the other showed the reverse. Most commonly reported serious adverse event in TQ group was a decline in haemoglobin level (19 out of 29 events). Some other serious adverse events, though observed in the TQ group, are unlikely to be caused by it (Hepatitis E infection, limb abscess, pneumonia, menorrhagia). AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS: TQ 300 mg single dose prevents relapses after clinically parasitologically confirmed P vivax malaria compared to no antihypnozoite treatment, and with no difference detected in studies comparing it to PQ to date. However, the inability to differentiate a true relapse from a recurrence in the available studies may affect these estimates. The drug is untested in children and in people with G6PD deficiency. Single-dose treatment is an important practical advantage compared to using PQ for the same purpose without an overall increase in adverse events in non-pregnant, non-G6PD-deficient adults.


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Aminoquinolinas/administração & dosagem , Antimaláricos/administração & dosagem , Malária Vivax/tratamento farmacológico , Primaquina/administração & dosagem , Prevenção Secundária , Adulto , Aminoquinolinas/efeitos adversos , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Cloroquina/administração & dosagem , Cloroquina/efeitos adversos , Esquema de Medicação , Deficiência de Glucosefosfato Desidrogenase/complicações , Humanos , Parasitemia/tratamento farmacológico , Placebos , Primaquina/efeitos adversos , Ensaios Clínicos Controlados Aleatórios como Assunto , Recidiva
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Lancet Child Adolesc Health ; 4(10): 761-774, 2020 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32946830

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All malaria infections are harmful to both the pregnant mother and the developing fetus. One in ten maternal deaths in malaria endemic countries are estimated to result from Plasmodium falciparum infection. Malaria is associated with a 3-4 times increased risk of miscarriage and a substantially increased risk of stillbirth. Current treatment and prevention strategies reduce, but do not eliminate, malaria's damaging effects on pregnancy outcomes. Reviewing evidence generated from meta-analyses, systematic reviews, and observational data, the first paper in this Series aims to summarise the adverse effects of malaria in pregnancy on the fetus and how the current drug treatment and prevention strategies can alleviate these effects. Although evidence supports the safety and treatment efficacy of artemisinin-based combination therapies in the first trimester, these therapies have not been recommended by WHO for the treatment of malaria at this stage of pregnancy. Intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine is contraindicated in the first trimester and provides imperfect chemoprevention because of inadequate dosing, poor (few and late) antenatal clinic attendance, increasing antimalarial drug resistance, and decreasing naturally acquired maternal immunity due to the decreased incidence of malaria. Alternative strategies to prevent malaria in pregnancy are needed. The prevention of all malaria infections by providing sustained exposure to effective concentrations of antimalarial drugs is key to reducing the adverse effects of malaria in pregnancy.


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Antimaláricos/uso terapêutico , Malária/tratamento farmacológico , Complicações Parasitárias na Gravidez/tratamento farmacológico , Pirimetamina/uso terapêutico , Sulfadoxina/uso terapêutico , Anormalidades Induzidas por Medicamentos/prevenção & controle , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Esquema de Medicação , Combinação de Medicamentos , Feminino , Humanos , Malária/prevenção & controle , Estudos Observacionais como Assunto , Gravidez , Pirimetamina/efeitos adversos , Sulfadoxina/efeitos adversos , Revisões Sistemáticas como Assunto
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Reumatol Clin ; 16(6): 437-446, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês, Espanhol | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32800760

RESUMO

OBJECTIVE: To produce recommendations for patients with rheumatological diseases receiving immunomodulatory and immunosuppressive therapies (conventional drugs, biologicals, and small molecules) during the COVID-19 pandemic. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The recommendations were determined using the Delphi method as an agreement tool. A panel of experts was formed, with academic backgrounds and research experience in rheumatology. A literature search was conducted and 42 questions were generated. The level of agreement was made with 80% of approval by the participants. RESULTS: A group of eleven rheumatologists from 7 cities in the country participated. The response rate was 100% for the three consultation rounds. In the first round, agreement was reached on 35 questions, on 37 in the second round, and on 42 questions in the third round. CONCLUSION: The recommendation for the majority of the pharmacological treatments used in rheumatology is to continue with immunomodulatory or immunosuppressive therapies in patients who do not have the infection, and to suspend it in patients with a diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19.


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Antirreumáticos/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Doenças Reumáticas/complicações , Adulto , Anti-Inflamatórios não Esteroides/efeitos adversos , Anti-Inflamatórios não Esteroides/uso terapêutico , Anticorpos Monoclonais/efeitos adversos , Anticorpos Monoclonais/uso terapêutico , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Antimaláricos/uso terapêutico , Antirreumáticos/efeitos adversos , Produtos Biológicos/efeitos adversos , Produtos Biológicos/uso terapêutico , Ensaios Clínicos como Assunto , Colômbia , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Técnica Delfos , Interações Medicamentosas , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Glucocorticoides/efeitos adversos , Glucocorticoides/uso terapêutico , Humanos , Imunoglobulinas Intravenosas/uso terapêutico , Fatores Imunológicos/efeitos adversos , Fatores Imunológicos/uso terapêutico , Imunossupressores/efeitos adversos , Imunossupressores/uso terapêutico , Estudos Multicêntricos como Assunto , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Doenças Reumáticas/tratamento farmacológico
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PLoS Med ; 17(8): e1003203, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32822347

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BACKGROUND: Artemisinin resistance is threatening malaria control. We aimed to develop and test a human model of artemisinin-resistant (ART-R) Plasmodium falciparum to evaluate the efficacy of drugs against ART-R malaria. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We conducted 2 sequential phase 1, single-centre, open-label clinical trials at Q-Pharm, Brisbane, Australia, using the induced blood-stage malaria (IBSM) model, whereby healthy participants are intravenously inoculated with blood-stage parasites. In a pilot study, participants were inoculated (Day 0) with approximately 2,800 viable P. falciparum ART-R parasites. In a comparative study, participants were randomised to receive approximately 2,800 viable P. falciparum ART-R (Day 0) or artemisinin-sensitive (ART-S) parasites (Day 1). In both studies, participants were administered a single approximately 2 mg/kg oral dose of artesunate (AS; Day 9). Primary outcomes were safety, ART-R parasite infectivity, and parasite clearance. In the pilot study, 2 participants were enrolled between April 27, 2017, and September 12, 2017, and included in final analyses (males n = 2 [100%], mean age = 26 years [range, 23-28 years]). In the comparative study, 25 participants were enrolled between October 26, 2017, and October 18, 2018, of whom 22 were inoculated and included in final analyses (ART-R infected participants: males n = 7 [53.8%], median age = 22 years [range, 18-40 years]; ART-S infected participants: males n = 5 [55.6%], median age = 28 years [range, 22-35 years]). In both studies, all participants inoculated with ART-R parasites became parasitaemic. A total of 36 adverse events were reported in the pilot study and 277 in the comparative study. Common adverse events in both studies included headache, pyrexia, myalgia, nausea, and chills; none were serious. Seven participants experienced transient severe falls in white cell counts and/or elevations in liver transaminase levels which were considered related to malaria. Additionally, 2 participants developed ventricular extrasystoles that were attributed to unmasking of a predisposition to benign fever-induced tachyarrhythmia. In the comparative study, parasite clearance half-life after AS was significantly longer for ART-R infected participants (n = 13, 6.5 hours; 95% confidence interval [CI] 6.3-6.7 hours) compared with ART-S infected participants (n = 9, 3.2 hours; 95% CI 3.0-3.3 hours; p < 0.001). The main limitation of this study was that the ART-R and ART-S parasite strains did not share the same genetic background. CONCLUSIONS: We developed the first (to our knowledge) human model of ART-R malaria. The delayed clearance profile of ART-R parasites after AS aligns with field study observations. Although based on a relatively small sample size, results indicate that this model can be safely used to assess new drugs against ART-R P. falciparum. TRIAL REGISTRATION: The studies were registered with the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry: ACTRN12617000244303 (https://www.anzctr.org.au/Trial/Registration/TrialReview.aspx?id=372357) and ACTRN12617001394336 (https://www.anzctr.org.au/Trial/Registration/TrialReview.aspx?id=373637).


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Anti-Infecciosos/uso terapêutico , Antimaláricos/uso terapêutico , Artemisininas/uso terapêutico , Malária Falciparum/sangue , Malária Falciparum/tratamento farmacológico , Plasmodium falciparum/metabolismo , Adolescente , Adulto , Animais , Anti-Infecciosos/efeitos adversos , Anti-Infecciosos/farmacologia , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Antimaláricos/farmacologia , Artemisininas/efeitos adversos , Artemisininas/farmacologia , Artesunato/efeitos adversos , Artesunato/farmacologia , Artesunato/uso terapêutico , Austrália/epidemiologia , Feminino , Cefaleia/induzido quimicamente , Voluntários Saudáveis , Humanos , Malária Falciparum/epidemiologia , Masculino , Náusea/induzido quimicamente , Parasitos/metabolismo , Projetos Piloto , Adulto Jovem
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J Am Acad Dermatol ; 83(6): 1738-1748, 2020 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32777318

RESUMO

The new coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, is associated with a wide variety of cutaneous manifestations. Although new skin manifestations caused by COVID-19 are continuously being described, other cutaneous entities should also be considered in the differential diagnosis, including adverse cutaneous reactions to drugs used in the treatment of COVID-19 infections. The aim of this review is to provide dermatologists with an overview of the cutaneous adverse effects associated with the most frequently prescribed drugs in patients with COVID-19. The skin reactions of antimalarials (chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine), antivirals (lopinavir/ritonavir, ribavirin with or without interferon, oseltamivir, remdesivir, favipiravir, and darunavir), and treatments for complications (imatinib, tocilizumab, anakinra, immunoglobulins, corticosteroids, colchicine and low molecular weight heparins) are analyzed. Information regarding possible skin reactions, their frequency, management, and key points for differential diagnosis are presented.


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Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Erupção por Droga/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Antimaláricos/efeitos adversos , Antivirais/efeitos adversos , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Colchicina/efeitos adversos , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Diagnóstico Diferencial , Erupção por Droga/etiologia , Quimioterapia Combinada/efeitos adversos , Quimioterapia Combinada/métodos , Exantema/diagnóstico , Exantema/imunologia , Exantema/virologia , Glucocorticoides/efeitos adversos , Humanos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Urticária/diagnóstico , Urticária/imunologia , Urticária/virologia
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