It seems that the days of drink bleach to treat or prevent covid-19, a dangerous and fake practice promoted by former president Donald Trump, are not over yet. However, this time the hot fake cure on the market is a drug called ivermectin, which is used in animals until treat heartworm disease and internal and external parasites.
The misguided idea of using ivermectin to treat or prevent Covid-19 isn’t new, but it’s apparently gaining traction. On Friday, the drug rang alarm bells in Mississippi after the state’s health department warned health workers to report cases of people being prescribed or cattle formulations of ivermectin. The state health service said that: at least 70% of recent calls to Mississippi poison Ccontrol Center was related to this problem.
On Saturday, the Food and Drug Administration weighed in on the use of ivermectin if a treatment not approved by the agency. His annoyance was obvious.
“You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, everyone. Stop it,’ the FDA tweeted along with two links until Article titled “Why You Shouldn’t Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19” and “FAQ: COVID-19 and ivermectin intended for animals.”
In Mississippi, the state health department stated that 85% of people who called about ivermectin had mild problems. Nevertheless, officials told one person to seek more medical attention because of the amount of ivermectin they had supposedly ingested. According to the FDA, veterinary medicines are often highly concentrated because they are used to treat large animals, such as horses and cows. These animals can weigh a ton (2,000 pounds or 907 kilograms) more than humans.
Ivermectin toxicity can cause symptoms such as rash, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, neurological effects, and potentially severe hepatitis requiring hospitalization.
There are some forms of ivermectin approved by the FDA in front of human use. Ivermectin is used to treat two conditions caused by parasitic worms: intestinal strongyloidiasis and onchocerciasis. There are also current forms of ivermectin used to treat external parasites on humans such as head lice and skin conditions such as rosacea. These forms of ivermectin are different from those given to animals.
Even the human-approved forms of ivermectin are not without risks. Ivermectin may interfere with other medications such as: blood thinners, the FDA said:. In addition, an overdose of ivermectin may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, low blood pressure, itching, hives, dizziness, balance problemsseizures, coma and death.
The FDA confirms that it has not reviewed data supporting the use of ivermectin to treat or prevent Covid-19, although preliminary research is currently underway. It should be noted that this is just research, that ivermectin does not give a green light.
“Using a drug for unapproved uses can be very dangerous. This also applies to ivermectin,” the FDA said in a consumer update. “There is a lot of misinformation going around, and you may have heard that it’s okay to take large doses of ivermectin. That’s wrong.”