Lopinavir/ritonavir as a third agent in the antiviral regimen for SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Published on Jun 12, 2020in Journal of Chemotherapy1.714
路 DOI :10.1080/1120009X.2020.1775424
Periklis Panagopoulos16
Estimated H-index: 16
(DUTH: Democritus University of Thrace),
Vasilis Petrakis3
Estimated H-index: 3
(DUTH: Democritus University of Thrace)
+ 4 AuthorsDimitrios Papazoglou22
Estimated H-index: 22
(DUTH: Democritus University of Thrace)
Corona Virus Disease (CoVID-19) is an emerging public health problem rapidly spread globally. New treatment options for patients with severe symptoms and ways of reducing transmission in the community are taken into consideration. A retrospective study was conducted in the Department of Infectious Diseases of Alexandroupolis (Greece) including 16 patients with CoVID-19. They were classified into two groups, A and B. Group A received lopinavir/ritonavir as a third agent in the antiviral regimen, while group B did not. Lymphocytes were more significantly increased in patients of group A. Ferritin serum levels were also decreased significantly in these patients. Number of days needed for a first negative result of Real Time- Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) was lower for Group A. The present study suggests that lopinavir/ritonavir may reduce the viral carriage in a shorter period of time compared with other antiviral regimens. Further studies are needed in order to evaluate the effectiveness of lopinavir/ritonavir in the treatment of patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection.
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