The advisory is based on the recommendation of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) constituted task force.
According to the advisory, the drug should not be administered to children below the age of 15.
The medicine is also not recommended to people with known cases of retinopathy and known hypersensitivity to hydroxychloroquine or 4-aminoquinoline compounds.
In recent times, hydroxychloroquine has been being widely touted as a treatment for COVID-19.
Reacting to these claims the ICMR, however, has said that unless it gets satisfactory results, it is not going to recommend hydroxychloroquine for commercial use.
Hydroxychloroquine emerged as the most sought-after medicine after initial trials in China “showed” that it boosted recovery and lowered the COVID-19 severity.
The ICMR further recommended hydroxychloroquine only to those asymptomatic healthcare workers involved in the care of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases along with asymptomatic household contacts of laboratory-confirmed cases.