ivermectin: CDC warns against using antiparasitic drug for Covid-19 as calls to poison control centers increase

The CDC also warns of an increase in reports of serious illness caused by the drug to poison centers.

Ivermectin is used to treat parasites such as worms and lice in humans, and it is also used by veterinarians to deworm large animals.

For months, conservative media outlets — including Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham — have been talking about how it can be used to treat Covid-19. It’s a popular topic Twitter. Ivermectin has been called a “miracle drug” in congressional hearings. Even Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson has used his advantage to treat the Covid-19 cure.
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Typically, about 3,600 prescriptions for ivermectin are written in a week, the CDC said. This rose more than tenfold in the week of January 8, when 39,000 prescriptions were written. “Since the beginning of July 2021, outpatient ivermectin delivery has again begun to increase rapidly, reaching more than 88,000 prescriptions in the week ending August 13, 2021. This represents a 24-fold increase from the pre-pandemic baseline,” said the CDC.

GoodRx, a company that tracks drug prices, has seen a similar sharp rise in prescriptions filled for ivemectin. From the company’s data for August, they have so far seen 20 times the average level of filling in 2019.
The US Food and Drug Administration has warned people against using ivermectin to treat Covid-19. Last Saturday it The FDA tweeted: “You’re not a horse. You’re not a cow. Seriously, yes. Stop it.”

Calls to poison control centers have tripled in proportion to the number of calls about the drug before the pandemic, the CDC said.

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Some examples of these calls included an adult who wanted to prevent Covid-19 and had to be hospitalized for nine days after drinking a bovine formula. Another person who bought pills online to treat their Covid-19 infection was hospitalized after taking five tablets a day for five days.

The CDC reminded physicians that ivermectin is not approved or approved for use in Covid-19 patients. Doctors may have investigated the possibility, but clinical trials with the drug “provided insufficient evidence” for the treatment of Covid-19. Researchers had to perform several clinical trials to see if it actually worked to treat the disease. Overdoses of the drug can cause stomach problems, nerve damage, seizures, disorientation, coma and death.

The CDC’s advice reminded the public that vaccination rather than treatment “is the safest and most effective way to prevent getting sick and protect against serious illness and death” from Covid-19.


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