Doctors at Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand made progress Sunday in the treatment of people infected with the novel coronavirus, reported Anadolu Agency.
The novel coronavirus, so named because under the microscope it resembles a crown, has killed at least 304 people in China, with more than 14,000 infected.
The news of the drugs' success comes as the first coronavirus patient outside of China died in the Philippines.
"We have been following global practices, but the doctor increased the dose of one of the medications", said Somsak Akkslim, general director of the Department of Medical Services, referring to the Oseltamivir flu medication. Thailand's government is also battling public criticism that it has been slow to evacuate scores of its citizens from Hubei province, at the center of the outbreak.
Eight of the patients in Thailand have recovered and been discharged while 11 remain in hospital.
The doctors combined the anti-flu drug - oseltamivir, with lopinavir and ritonavir - anti-virals used to treat HIV, Atipornwanich said.
According to Dr. Kriangsak Atipornwanich of Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok, one patient, a 71-year-old female patient from China, had been treated with a combination of drugs used in treating HIV and the flu. Another doctor said that a similar approach in two other patients resulted in one displaying some allergic reaction but the other showed improvement. "The lab result of positive on the coronavirus turned negative in 48 hours", Kriengsak said. Especially as this combination has proved to be effective on patients with serious symptoms, they said.
Thailand has 19 confirmed cases of the virus, also called 2019-nCoV. They seem to have found a new treatment option for the dreaded Coronavirus epidemic. Doctor Krensak Atiepornwanich has expressed the hope of curing them soon with the help of this new medicine.
A medical student of Kerala had been first tested positive for coronavirus in India.