I realize that you might be scared of the potential of SARS-CoV-2, but if you panic and use Plaquenil off-label to possibly help you with this virus, you inevitably are hurting someone who needs the drug for autoimmune purposes, and you are experimenting on yourselves and family.
For the love of God! I have had 3 dentists, 2 optometrists, and plenty of others try to prescribe this drug for themselves when they have NO idea of how it works and the potential side effects! They feel absolutely astounded when I counsel them that this is not a benign drug that they are using, just because they want to "be prepared," as one dentist told me. It's like just because they can prescribe, they feel like they know what they are doing, even though it is out of their scope! (I remind them, but our bosses have told us to ease up during a national emergency 🙄) At least I have personally had not many PAs/NPs or physicians prescribe it to themselves yet. Please do not become one! Wait for the research to come out. Do not panic and create a shortage that will harm our autoimmune patients due to the shortage!
Our largest drug supplier, who happens to be the largest supplier in the nation, is completely out of this drug. Please do not make this pandemic become a health crisis for people who have autoimmune conditions.
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