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Huntsville doctor explains President Trump's coronavirus treatment regimen

The president left the hospital Monday evening.

Posted: Oct 5, 2020 6:28 PM
Updated: Oct 5, 2020 7:03 PM

WAAY 31 talked to a local infectious disease specialist to learn more about the treatments President Donald Trump received since checking into the hospital on Friday.

We know he was given an antibody cocktail that's still in testing phases as well as vitamins, the heartburn drug famotidine, steroids and aspirin.

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Dr. Ali Hassoun, Huntsville Hospital's Infectious Disease Specialist, said they don't have all of the medications the president received at Huntsville Hospital. He said with so many treatments, there's a chance that unknown reactions could occur.

"I would worry about all this medication being given to the president," he said.

Hassoun explained the different medications and treatments given to President Donald Trump since Friday.

"The benefit from famotidine is minimal and non-existent. Is there harm of giving it? Yes, famotidine can have issues and problems. Famotidine is actually a medication given for reflux, or if you have gastritis," he said. "What about Vitamin C and D? In general, a lot of people take it anyway, but you need to take it in moderate doses. Is there a benefit? It's questionable. Really, there is no real support of giving it."

The president was also given a cocktail of antibodies that’s still in the early stages of testing, so it's not clear how effective it may be.

"It's very early to judge on this specific cocktail of antibodies, if it's really helpful. We really need much more numbers to judge the benefits and safety," he added.

Hassoun said he wasn’t surprised the president needed to be hospitalized.

"With fever and low oxygen saturation, needing steroid, in general this is a moderate to severe case," he explained.

He said he still has questions about how the president's medical team chose their treatment options.

"I didn't see much with information about what did his chest X-ray show, cat scan show, did he have diffused pneumonia or is it involved in part of his lungs? We really don't have that information," he said.

Hassoun said he thinks it could be another 3 to 6 months before that antibody cocktail could reach phase 3 of testing. That's the phase it would have to get to in order to possibly be used at Huntsville Hospital.

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