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Other than Prednisone, what could help reduce COVID symptoms like muscle pain, numbness, and severe cough?


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Published At June 10, 2022
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have been sick for a month. I tested for HIV after 11 days of being sick, and the results were negative. I have COVID and sinusitis. Now I have muscle pain, tingling, numbness, and severe cough. Although I took Prednisone, it was not helpful. Please help.


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COVID (coronavirus disease) is more dangerous than HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Your HIV results are already negative. Some people take the test after 56 days or more. I suggest you take the following drugs.

1) Tablet Ultracet (Paracetamol/Acetaminophen 325 mg and Tramadol 37.5 mg) twice a day after food for five days.

2) Tablet Sinarest (Chlorpheniramine maleate 2 mg, Paracetamol 500 mg, and Phenylephrine 10 mg) twice a day, after breakfast n lunch, for five days.

3) Tablet Montek lc (Levocetirizine 5 mg and Montelukast 10 mg) one at night for five to seven days.

4) Tablet Supradyn (multivitamin tablet) one at night for two weeks.

What kind of cough do you have? Is it wet or dry?

5) If dry cough, take syrup Girilincutus (Ammonium chloride 60 mg, Chlorpheniramine maleate 2.5 mg, and Dextromethorphan hydrobromide) 10 ml at night for five days.

6) If wet, take syrup Ambrolyte (Ambroxol 30 mg) 10 ml at night for five days.

Drink plenty of water and liquids like lemon juice, buttermilk, banana shake without ice, watermelon, and seasonal fruits. Take light food.


Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Shah Sushma Kant
Dr. Shah Sushma Kant

HIV/AIDS specialist

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