It makes sense that some people might look to the possibility of miracle cures and experimental treatments in quest of solutions given the uncertainty and worry around COVID-19. Ivermectin is a drug that has recently attracted prominence because of the misconception that it can effectively treat COVID-19.
It hasn’t, and you could seriously jeopardize your health if you consume it—especially at quantities meant for large animals. The Food and Drug Administration states that it has received “multiple reports of patients who have required medical attention, including hospitalization, after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for livestock.”
In this post, we’ll go over what ivermectin is and why it shouldn’t be used at home.
What is ivermectin, and what is the history of its use?
One medication that combats parasites is ivermectin. It is used to deworm livestock and is available in a topical and tablet form. Iveredge 12 is approved to treat both river blindness and intestinal roundworms in humans. Topical ivermectin formulations have been licensed to treat head lice and rosacea.
Is it legal to treat COVID-19 with ivermectin?
Ivermectin treatment for COVID-19 is not approved. Because using this drug to treat or prevent COVID-19 could be very hazardous, it is not advised.
Ivermectin: COVID-19 prevention or cure?
Despite what you may have read online about some people taking ivermectin, there is no well-conducted or controlled trial that supports its use for either the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.
Why are some people using ivermectin in regard to COVID-19? Where did they get this idea from?
About a year ago, an Australian laboratory proposed treating COVID-19 with ivermectin based on research on non-human cells. The dosages and conditions used in the experiment were not suitable for real-world situations. Not even the medication’s maker, Merck, has found any data to support using the medication to treat COVID-19.
Does ivermectin pose a risk for COVID-19 patients?
There are significant possible safety risks while using ivermectin in humans. For example, at some dosage levels, the medicine may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, disorientation, seizures, and even death.
Which research results are relevant to the use of ivermectin in COVID-19?
As of present moment, little is known regarding the use of ivermectin for COVID-19 prevention or therapy that has been obtained from meticulously designed and managed human trials.
Until we see outcomes from well-designed, peer-reviewed studies, credible scientists, physicians, and other health experts cannot and will not declare ivermectin to be a safe or effective COVID-19 treatment.
Are treatments using complementary and alternative medicine ever a good idea?
Scientists must apply a high degree of critical thinking when evaluating the use of new or existing drugs to treat COVID-19 or any other illness. Researchers are continually looking for new treatments for diseases like COVID-19 in order to safeguard the public. We follow strict guidelines when doing this research.
If you have any queries regarding a medicine, please contact your doctor before using any medication meant for animal usage. Your health is too important to risk at this time.