(RepublicanReport.org) – Ivermectin is a drug that farmers often use to address problems with parasites (typically worms) in their animals. Some Americans started taking it after hearing that ivermectin drastically improved COVID-19 outcomes for patients in India. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is adamant that this is a bad idea.
You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it. https://t.co/TWb75xYEY4
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) August 21, 2021
On Saturday, August 21, the agency released new guidance about ivermectin, urging people not to take it. The article stresses that the drug is not FDA-approved for treating COVID-19 in humans and that there have been reports of people ending up in the hospital after taking it. It also mentions that ivermectin is not an antiviral treatment and that animal medicines come in higher concentrations than those for humans, making them dangerous for people to consume.
Not everyone is convinced ivermectin is a bad idea. Earlier this month, an article from the Clark County Today newspaper claims doctors have been using the medication on at-risk patients with some success. The prophylactic treatment reportedly shortens hospital stays in some individuals.
As the FDA notes in its update, it’s understandable that people are looking into “unconventional treatments” at this advanced stage in the pandemic. However, before taking any potentially risky medical product, individuals should always consult with a healthcare professional.
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