Drug used for alcoholism treatment may fight severe COVID-19, study suggests

A widely available drug used to treat alcoholism has potential as a COVID-19 treatment, researchers say.

The investigators found that people taking disulfiram, known as Antabuse, for alcoholism had a lower risk of infection with COVID-19 and were less likely to die from the coronavirus if infected than those not taking the drug.

The study was observational, so it doesn’t establish a cause-and-effect link between disulfiram and COVID-19 infection and outcomes.

However, the results are encouraging enough to warrant further study and clinical testing, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.

“This is a great candidate for a repurposed drug.”

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