I am very concerned about healthy people taking hydroxychloroquine as prophylaxis / a preventive for COVID-19.
What is your experience with a “-quine” based anti-malarial?
When I was researching antimalarial drugs for a trip overseas in 2010, I found that all of the quinine-based antimalarial drugs I found caused people to have significant negative psychotic effects, from vivid bad dreams to scary hallucinations and psychotic breaks. The literature says “up to 25%” of people have these symptoms but when I put it to my friends, 6 out of 6 people that had taken quinine-based antimalarials like Mefloquine had extremely bad psychotic effects and had to stop taking it for life-threateningly-bad psychosis based reasons. I opted to take doxycycline instead :-).
Yes, hydroxychloroquine has these side-effects (via)