HealthDay Reports: In Early Trial, an Ancient Drug Shows Promise Against Severe COVID-19
The drug is an anti-inflammatory that has been prescribed for gout, but there's evidence the medicine could help fight against COVID-19.
WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There's new evidence that a 2,000-year-old medicine might offer hope against a modern scourge: COVID-19.
The medication, called colchicine, is an anti-inflammatory taken as a pill. It's long been prescribed for gout, a form of arthritis, and its history goes back centuries. The drug was first sourced from the autumn crocus flower.
Doctors also sometimes use colchicine to treat pericarditis, where the sac around the heart becomes inflamed.