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Another Dangerous Drug gains FDA approval for treatment of COVID patients — BEWARE of Olumiant (Baricitinib), Remdisivir and Ventilators.

I personally would not accept the drug Remdisivir (can cause kidney failure) or a ventilator (because it seems to kill COVID patients 80% of the time). Once you or your loved one go to the hospital, you may lose your rights to object to certain therapy. If you need to go to the hospital, write down your wishes ahead of time and what you will not accept. Maybe Home Health is an option for supplemental oxygen.

Recently another toxic drug was added to the list of approved drugs to treat COVID, Olumiant (Baricitinib). The Black Box Warning (horrific side effects) make this drug a terrible choice for COVID patients. Side effects include: Serious infections, increased risk of death, cancer, major cardiovascular events, blood clots.

There are many safe and effective options. Have them on hand and use at first signs of illness.

See my post on key supplements.

Get a pulse oximeter and supplemental oxygen and a nebulizer. Practice using the nebulizer before you need it!

Before you take Olumiant, please read this post.

OLUMIANT Has Several Black Box Warnings!

Olumiant has FDA approval to treat COVID-19 patients who are

  • 18 years and older, who are hospitalized and require supplemental oxygen, non-invasive or invasive mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

Olumiant has an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) received from the FDA to treat COVID-19 patients who are:

  • 2 years to less than 18 years of age, who are hospitalized and require supplemental oxygen, non-invasive or invasive mechanical ventilation, or ECMO.

Information from Olumiant website:

WARNING

Olumiant may cause serious side effects including:

Serious infections, increased risk of death, cancer, major cardiovascular events, blood clots.

  • Serious infections, including tuberculosis (TB), shingles, and others caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Some people have died from these infections. Olumiant can make you more likely to get infections or make any infections that you have worse. You should not start Olumiant if you have any kind of infection unless your doctor tells you it is okay. While taking Olumiant, tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of an infection, such as:
    • fever, sweating, or chills
    • muscle aches
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • blood in phlegm
    • weight loss
    • warm, red, or painful skin or sores on your body
    • diarrhea or stomach pain
    • burning with urination or urinating more often than normal
    • feeling tired
  • Increased risk of death in people 50 years of age or older who have at least 1 heart disease risk factor and are taking a medicine in a class of medicines called JAK inhibitors (like Olumiant).
  • Cancer and immune system problems. Olumiant may increase your risk of lymphoma and other cancers, including skin cancers. People taking this medicine have a higher risk of certain cancers, including lymphoma and lung cancer, especially if you are a current or past smoker. Follow your doctor’s advice about having your skin checked for skin cancer while taking Olumiant.
  • Increased risk of major cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke or death in people 50 years of age and older. Get emergency help right away if you have any symptoms of a heart attack or stroke while taking Olumiant, including:
    • discomfort in the center of your chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back
    • severe tightness, pain, pressure, or heaviness in your chest, throat, neck, or jaw
    • pain or discomfort in your arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
    • shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
    • breaking out in a cold sweat
    • nausea or vomiting
    • feeling lightheaded
    • weakness in one part or on one side of your body
    • slurred speech
  • Blood clots in the veins of your legs or lungs, and arteries. This may be life-threatening and cause death. Blood clots in the veins of legs and lungs have happened more often in people who are 50 years of age or older and with at least 1 heart disease risk factor taking a medicine in the class of medicines called JAK inhibitors. Stop taking Olumiant and tell your doctor or get emergency help right away if you have any signs and symptoms of blood clots, including swelling, pain or tenderness in the leg, sudden chest pain, or shortness of breath, while taking Olumiant.
  • Allergic reactions. While taking Olumiant, if you have symptoms, such as rash (hives), trouble breathing, feeling faint or dizzy, or swelling of your lips, tongue, or throat, stop taking Olumiant and get emergency help right away. Some of these reactions seen in people taking Olumiant were serious.
  • Tears in the stomach or intestines. This happens most often in people who also take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, or methotrexate. While taking Olumiant, tell your doctor right away if you have fever and stomach-area pain that does not go away, and a change in bowel habits.
  • Changes in laboratory test results. Your doctor should do blood tests before and while taking Olumiant. You should not take Olumiant if your white or red blood cell count is too low or your liver tests are too high. Your doctor may pause your treatment with Olumiant because of changes in these test results. Your doctor should also check your cholesterol levels approximately 12 weeks after you start Olumiant and as needed.

Common side effects

The most common side effects of Olumiant include:

  • upper respiratory tract infections (cold or sinus infections)
  • headache
  • acne
  • increased cholesterol levels
  • increased muscle enzyme levels
  • urinary tract infection
  • increased liver enzyme levels
  • inflammation of hair follicles (folliculitis)
  • tiredness
  • lower respiratory tract infections
  • nausea
  • genital yeast infection
  • low red blood cell count (anemia)
  • low white blood cell count (neutropenia)
  • stomach-area (abdominal) pain
  • shingles (herpes zoster)
  • increased weight
  • herpes simplex virus infections, including cold sores
  • shingles (herpes zoster)

Olumiant (O-loo-mē·ant) is a prescription medicine also known as baricitinib. It is used to treat:

  • adults with severe alopecia areata.
  • adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis after treatment with 1 or more medicines called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers have been used, and did not work well enough or could not be tolerated.


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