“Seriously, you’ll. In a viral tweet, the FDA warned that it was time to stop.
Although government agency communications tend to be dry, the US Food and Drug Administration sent a funny tweet that got many people talking.
“You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously. “Stop it,” reads the tweet before linking to a page explaining why people shouldn’t use the animal deworming medication called Ivermectin for COVID-19.
The comments were a wild success. Is this happening? And why? Here are the facts about Ivermectin and all the reasons why you shouldn’t take it if you have COVID-19 or any other serious illness.
What is Ivermectin?
Ivermectin is a tablet approved by the FDA to treat people with intestinal strongyloidiasis and onchocerciasis, two conditions caused by parasitic worms. External parasites such as head lice can be treated with some forms of Ivermectin and skin conditions like rosacea.
Certain types of Ivermectin can be used in animals to treat heartworm disease and certain other parasites. The FDA points out that these are not the same types of Ivermectin as those used in humans and are only safe when prescribed for animals.
So why is Ivermectin being used to treat COVID-19?
It’s not entirely clear, but it could have something to do with a recent study that described the effect of Ivermectin on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a lab setting. The study was published in Antiviral Research, June. It found that one treatment of Ivermectin in the lab resulted in a 5,000-fold decrease in SARS-CoV-2 in 48 hours in cell cultures. The researchers concluded that further research is needed to determine if Ivermectin has many benefits for humans.
However, other studies on Ivermectin have been of low quality or concluded that it didn’t affect the duration of illness in mild COVID-19 forms. An analysis of 400 patients was published in JAMA.
Health is told by William Schaffner MD, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He says that rigorous studies have proven that Ivermectin does not work well in treating COVID-19.
Amesh A. Adalja MD, a senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, says Health, “There is not strong evidence that ivermectin can be beneficial for the treatment COVID.”
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Is it safe for COVID-19 patients to be treated with Ivermectin?
Ivermectin for animals is being sold to people who then use it on their loved ones or themselves. Ivermectin for animals, the FDA says, “should only be given to animals for approved uses or as prescribed by a veterinarian in compliance with the requirements for extra-label drug use.”
Although there are approved uses for Ivermectin in humans, they are different in animals. It would help if you didn’t use approved pills for dogs and vice versa.
The FDA warns that you may experience side effects if you take Ivermectin.
- Skin rash
- Stomach pain
- Lung or facial swelling
- A sudden drop in blood pressure
- Liver injury
Dr. Adalja states that taking Ivermectin without getting vaccinated or delaying medical attention could prove to be dangerous. You could be exposed to a potential drug interaction if you take Ivermectin with another medication, Thomas Russo MD, chief of infectious diseases at the University at Buffalo in New York, tells Health. He says, “There are no data to support it working.” It’s better not to take it.
Dr. Schaffner knows that many people are frustrated by the lack of a good treatment for COVID-19. He says, “It is only natural that we all want to cure COVID.” “People would use a medication that works if it was available. It doesn’t work, which is why people aren’t using it. This is not a unique knowledge that exists.
Do not waste your time on Ivermectin if you suspect or have COVID. Talk to your doctor instead. They can help you determine the best next steps.
This story was accurate at press time. Some data may have changed as COVID-19’s situation continues to change. Health tries to keep its levels up-to-date, but we encourage readers to use the WHO, CDC, and local public health departments as resources to stay updated on news and recommendations.