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0 0.5 1 1.5 2+ Mortality 44% Improvement Relative Risk Hospitalization time 38% Hamidi-Alamdari et al. NCT04370288 Vitamin C RCT LATE Is late treatment with vitamin C+combined treatments beneficial for COVID-19? RCT 80 patients in Iran Shorter hospitalization with vitamin C+combined treatments (p=0.004) Hamidi-Alamdari et al., Clinical and Translation.., doi:10.24875/RIC.21000028 Favors vitamin C Favors control

Methylene blue for treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients: a randomized, controlled, open-label clinical trial, phase 2

Hamidi-Alamdari et al., Clinical and Translational Investigation, doi:10.24875/RIC.21000028, NCT04370288 (history)
Hamidi-Alamdari et al., Methylene blue for treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients: a randomized, controlled, open-label clinical.., Clinical and Translational Investigation, doi:10.24875/RIC.21000028, NCT04370288
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RCT 80 hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19, 40 treated with methylene blue + vitamin C + N-acetylcysteine, showing lower mortality, shorter hospitalization, and significantly improved SpO2 and respiratory distress with treatment. NCT04370288 (history).
This is the 6th of 15 COVID-19 RCTs for vitamin C, which collectively show efficacy with p=0.00013.
This is the 15th of 61 COVID-19 controlled studies for vitamin C, which collectively show efficacy with p=0.00000098.
risk of death, 44.4% lower, RR 0.56, p = 0.38, treatment 5 of 40 (12.5%), control 9 of 40 (22.5%), NNT 10.0.
hospitalization time, 37.6% lower, relative time 0.62, p = 0.004, treatment 40, control 40.
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Hamidi-Alamdari et al., 8 Mar 2021, Randomized Controlled Trial, Iran, peer-reviewed, 23 authors, this trial uses multiple treatments in the treatment arm (combined with methylene blue and N-acetyl cysteine) - results of individual treatments may vary, trial NCT04370288 (history).
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Methylene Blue for Treatment of Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients: A Randomized, Controlled, Open-Label Clinical Trial, Phase 2
Daryoush Hamidi-Alamdari, Saied Hafizi-Lotfabadi, Ahmad Bagheri-Moghaddam, Hossin Safari, Mahnaz Mozdourian, Zahra Javidarabshahi, Arash Peivandi-Yazdi, Abass Ali-Zeraati, Alireza Sedaghat, Farid Poursadegh, Fatemeh Barazandeh-Ahmadabadi, Marzieh Agheli-Rad, Seyed M Tavousi, Shohreh Vojouhi, Shahram Amini, Mahnaz Amini, Seyed Majid-Hosseini, Ashraf Tavanaee-Sani, Amin Ghiabi, Shima Nabavi-Mahalli, Negar Morovatdar, Omid Rajabi, George Koliakos
Revista de investigaci�n Cl�nica, doi:10.24875/ric.21000028
Background: There is no pharmacological intervention on the treatment of hypoxemia and respiratory distress in COVID-19 patients. Objective: The objective of the study was to study the effect of the reduced form of methylene blue (MB) on the improvement of oxygen saturation (SpO 2 ) and respiratory rate (RR). Methods: In an academic medical center, 80 hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19 were randomly assigned to receive either oral MB along with standard of care (SOC) (MB group, n = 40) or SOC only (SOC group, n=40). The primary outcomes were SpO 2 and RR on the 3 rd and 5 th days. The secondary outcomes were hospital stay and mortality within 28 days. Results: In the MB group, a significant improvement in SpO 2 and RR was observed on the 3 rd day (for both, p < 0.0001) and also the 5 th day (for both, p < 0.0001). In the SOC group, there was no significant improvement in SpO 2 (p = 0.24) and RR (p = 0.20) on the 3 rd day, although there was a significant improvement of SpO 2 (p = 0.002) and RR (p = 0.01) on the 5 th day. In the MB group in comparison to the SOC group, the rate ratio of increased SpO 2 was 13.5 and 2.1 times on the 3 rd and 5 th days, respectively. In the MB group compared with the SOC group, the rate ratio of RR improvement was 10.1 and 3.7 times on the 3 rd and 5 th days, respectively. The hospital stay was significantly shortened in the MB group (p = 0.004), and the mortality was 12.5% and 22.5% in the MB and SOC groups, respectively. Conclusions: The addition of MB to the treatment protocols significantly improved SpO 2 and respiratory distress in COVID-19 patients, which resulted in decreased hospital stay and mortality. NCT04370288 (REV INVEST CLIN. 2021;73(3):XX-XX)
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