By: Sid Spahn
Recently, there has been an online rumor surrounding Ivermectin and its use to treat and prevent COVID-19. While there are currently ongoing trials assessing whether or not Ivermectin tablets are useful against COVID-19, the FDA has not authorized or approved this use for the general public. But what is Ivermectin?
Ivermectin is an FDA approved drug used in tablet form to treat people with parasitic worms as well as in some topical forms to treat external parasites and skin conditions. These products are prescribed by a doctor for these specific conditions.
However this is not how people have been accessing and using Ivermectin. What has been seen on the internet are forms of animal ivermectin which is used to prevent heartworm disease and treat parasites in animals. This is very dangerous.
Ivermectin found in feed stores is for large animals (like sheep and cattle) and therefore is highly concentrated. These high doses are extremely toxic to humans, not just because of the active ingredients, but also because of the inactive ingredients.
Inactive ingredients in human-grade ivermectin are tested and approved by the FDA. But the ingredients in animal products aren’t tested for humans, so we don’t know how high doses of those inactive ingredients will affect the human body.
What we do know is that the usage of highly concentrated animal ivermectin is way easier to overdose on.
The effects of an ivermectin overdose looks like this:
You’ll experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. You’ll have hypotension and neurological symptoms like loss of consciousness, hallucinations, confusion, seizures, coma, and even death. If you take high doses of ivermectin while also on benzos or barbiturates, prescribed or otherwise, it can increase their effects and worsen the effects of the overdose.
So instead of taking animal-grade, over the counter drugs, the CDC urges you to get vaccinated, wear masks indoors, avoid crowds, social distance when possible, and wash your hands often with soap and water.