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Ask the Pharmacist: All the President’s meds

Suzy Cohen
Columnist
El presidente Donald Trump saluda a simpatizantes desde un vehículo afuera del Centro Médico Militar Nacional Walter Reed, en Bethesda, Maryland, el 4 de octubre de 2020. Trump fue ingresado al hospital tras contraer COVID-19.

On Friday, Oct. 1, the President of the United States and the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19. President Trump’s health is monitored constantly, and he is tested daily for the virus which has taken the lives of more than one million people worldwide, at the time of this writing.

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He was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center reportedly with symptoms of fatigue, a hoarse voice and headache, coughing and low-grade fever. He is going to receive better monitoring and there are qualified, licensed physicians close by.

In this Oct. 5, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump boards Marine One at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after receiving treatment for coronavirus in Bethesda, Md. Ethics experts say the special treatment Trump received to access an experimental COVID-19 drug raises fairness issues and the public's right to know more about Trump's condition.

I think it’s a good idea because he is in a high risk category being a senior, and overweight. That said, he has an extraordinary amount of vigor and energy and doesn’t look or act 74 years old. He does not drink, or smoke, two risk factors that would be detrimental for this condition.

Now, let’s talk about some supplements, and all the president’s meds:

Zinc

Zinc deficiency will cause a person to fare out worse if they get COVID-19 due to immune suppression and higher amounts of inflammatory cytokines.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is thought to be able to reduce the severity of COVID-19 symptoms and reduce the respiratory distress problems associated with the condition.

Baby aspirin

Studies show that COVID patients have thicker blood (a hypercoagulable state), so aspirin is an appropriate intervention. 

Regeneron

A cocktail of antibodies given intravenously. This is given to eat up the virus which reduces the body’s viral load, and speeds recovery. It is in late-stage Phase III clinical trials for potential benefit in the treatment and possibly prevention of COVID-19. 

Famotidine

The use of this drug for President Trump may have to do with acid reflux, or perhaps from research discovered at Columbia University. Famotidine use seemed to lessen severity of the illness.  Patients taking it were approximately 48 percent less likely to require a ventilator.

Melatonin

The news outlets are reporting that this natural supplement is for sleep, however, melatonin is also a strong antioxidant and powerful immune modulator. I think it’s a brilliant adjunctive treatment during infection. 

There are a few items that I would recommend using my background as a pharmacist. For one, I’d suggest a peptide given by injection called “Thymosin Alpha 1” which has been studied for its effect on COVID-19.  This requires a prescription and is often used for people with Lyme disease, EBV, cancer, lupus and severe fatigue.

The POTUS would benefit from vitamin C due to its antioxidant benefits, as well as anti-viral herbs such as olive leaf extract and Andrographis. Finally, a cup of matcha tea each day could help due to its strong immune-boosting effect. Probiotics would of course be useful since COVID is known to hide in the intestinal cells of the body.

In closing, I’d like to reiterate that I do not have access to President Trump’s medical chart, and I am providing my opinion here based upon the list of vitamins and medications that were publicly posted today. Please ask your doctor what is right for you.

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Suzy Cohen is a registered pharmacist. The information presented here is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any condition. Visit SuzyCohen.com.

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