As You Shop Online, Beware of Medicines That Claim to Treat COVID-19

With community quarantine keeping everyone in and social distancing guidelines seeing minimized contact between people, most transactions have gone online. Purchasing face masks online is a breeze, but authorities have warned the public buying low-quality equipment. Even medicines are available online, but you should beware of drugs that claim to treat COVID-19.

There have been reports of steroid drugDexamethasone being used to treat COVID-19, but the Food and Drug Administration warned the public against purchasing and using it without a prescription. 

While Dexamethasone is registered under the FDA, unsupervised consumption of the drug could actually lead to several complications, such as hampering the body’s ability to combat infections, internal bleeding in the intestines, ulcers, electrolyte imbalance, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, poor wound healing, and obesity. 

Prolonged use of the drug may cause suppression of growth in infants and children. If consumption is stopped abruptly, withdrawal symptoms—such as hypotension, shock, and coma—may surface.


As stated in the FDA advisory, “the drug should only be dispensed by licensed establishments to patients with valid prescription. The sale of unregistered dexamethasone or sale of the drug without valid prescription or through online platforms is strictly prohibited.”

The Department of Health also advised against self-medication. As of writing, there is still no verified and guaranteed cure for COVID-19, and there is no vaccine found yet.

If you know of someone selling Dexamethasone or purchasing it without a prescription, you can report it to the FDA Center for Drug Regulation and Research via

For any adverse reactions to the drug, you can report it at the FDA website.

Main image from Pixabay.

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