FDA Warns Against Using Ivermectin To Treat Or Prevent COVID
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a message for anyone considering taking ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19: Don’t. They said ivermectin is not an antiviral drug, meaning it isn’t used for treating viruses. It’s only approved for use in humans to combat certain internal conditions caused by parasitic worms and external parasites like headlice.

Certain forms of ivermectin are given to animals to prevent heartworm disease and other parasites. Even so, some people have experimented with the version of the drug intended for horses. They ended up being hospitalized. "It’s important to note that these products are different from the ones for people, and safe when used as prescribed for animals, only," FDA stressed.

The FDA encourages those with a prescription to get ivermectin from a legitimate source and to take it as prescribed. Overdosing can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure, allergic reactions, dizziness, problems with balance, seizures, coma and even death.

"There’s a lot of misinformation around, and you may have heard that it’s okay to take large doses of ivermectin," the FDA said. "That is wrong." Those looking for effective ways to prevent infection should follow the FDA’s recommendations, which include wearing a mask, social distancing and hand washing.

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