Ways to relieve or treat a long Covid

To fight against Covid Long here is an arsenal of molecules potentially of interest. Talk to your doctor.

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Jean-Marc Sabatier (DR)

By Jean-Marc Sabatier

To date, it appears that there are more than 2 million people suffering from post-Covid symptoms (or post-Covid sequelae) in France, following an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or even, in certain cases, following a vaccination. These disorders, more or less disabling depending on the person, are associated with long Covid. Thus, it appears useful to give therapeutic tracks to relieve them. The “sensitivity” to these treatments is very variable depending on the individual. It is important to mention that -in all cases- these various potential treatments must be prescribed and followed by your doctor.

In the long anti-Covid arsenal, there are plants and mushrooms (as well as their extracts) that appear to be of potential interest (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Artemisia annua (it naturally contains quercetin)
  • Ginko biloba
  • Aloe vera
  • Turmeric longa
  • Nigella sativa (black cumin)
  • Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice)
  • Panax ginseng
  • Labiatae Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora)
  • Green tea
  • Berberine
  • Rei shi

Some compounds and/or molecules are also potentially of interest:

  • Vitamin D (proven interest!); for an optimal effect, this can be associated with zinc, magnesium, vitamin K2, liposomal vitamin C, omega-3, selenium, glutathione and/or N-acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
  • Melatonin (renin-angiotensin system inhibitor)
  • Sildenafil Citrate or Viagra (phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor vasodilator)
  • Antihypertensive drugs: sartans (AT1R antagonists) and ACE inhibitors (including Captopril)
  • Quercetin (renin-angiotensin system inhibitor)
  • Beta-blockers (specific competitive beta-adrenergic receptor antagonists)
  • Aspirin (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, analgesic, anti-pyretic, anti-platelet agent)
  • Prednisolone (steroidal anti-inflammatory drug)
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-prostaglandins, COX cyclo-oxygenase inhibitors)
  • Azithromycin (macrolide antibiotic with antiviral properties)
  • Clarithromycin (macrolide antibiotic)
  • Dexamethasone (synthetic anti-inflammatory corticosteroid and renin-angiotensin system inhibitor)
  • Cetirizine or Ketotifen or Clarityne (H1 anti-histamine)
  • Famotidine (H2 anti-histamine)
  • Naltrexone (TLR4 and opioid receptor antagonist)
  • Naloxone (TLR4 and opioid receptor antagonist)
  • Sodium Cromoglycate (mast cell stabilizing anti-allergic)
  • Niacin and nicotinamide (vitamin B3 or PP), redox cofactor for carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism
  • Maraviroc (competitive CCR5 receptor antagonist)
  • Pravastatin (statin: hypolipidemic and 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A inhibitor)
  • Montelukast (anti-asthmatics of the anti-leukotriene family)
  • Donepezil (anti-cholinesterase for neurological disorders)
  • Alprazolam or Xanax (anxiolytic benzodiazepine)
  • Ivermectin (several activities including inhibition of the renin-angiotensin system)
  • Hydroxychloroquine (for its anti-inflammatory properties)
  • Fluvoxamine (serotonin reuptake inhibitor)
  • Fluoxetine (serotonin reuptake inhibitor)
  • Metformine (anti-diabetic against type 2 diabetes)
  • Propolis (for its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties)

As a reminder, these compounds are listed as a guideline. Talk to your doctor in case of long Covid.