NEW DELHI, India 

The required high dosage of the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to treat the novel coronavirus is prompting many doctors in India to avoid prescribing it or taking it themselves due to health concerns.  

In its advisory on the use of hydroxychloroquine as a prophylaxis for SARS-CoV-2 infection, the Indian Council of Medical Research’s National Task Force for COVID-19 has recommended the drug to healthcare professionals and the high-risk population.  

But the high dosage of 400 mg twice a day on the first day is causing many doctors to avoid the drug because they fear it may cause arrhythmia,

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