CDC Issued a Warning Against Using Ivermectin as COVID-19 Treatment

There have been reports of tremors and disorientation from the deworming drug

CDC Issued a Warning Against Using Ivermectin as COVID-19 Treatment

The number of people using Ivermectin is increasing because people believe that the drug may help treat COVID-19. However, this has resulted in dangerous symptoms and hence, CDC has issued warnings regarding the drug’s use.



Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug that is used for deworming horses. And according to the health advisory issued by CDC, the drug is resulting in an increase in severe illnesses.

The FDA has approved the use of Ivermectin by humans, for the treatment of certain parasitic infections. However, there is no evidence that the drug helps treat or cure the COVID-19 infection, which is inherently viral in nature and not parasitic.


However, the number of ER visits due to self-medication of Ivermectin is increasing. The lack of approval in certain cases has not stopped people from obtaining the drug from sources such as farm supply stores.



Among the most common side effects of overdosing on Ivermectin include seizures, coma, and possibly death. Along with that, other common effects include diarrhea, dizziness, allergic reactions, low blood pressure, vomiting, and nausea. These are the effects that FDA has listed.

But it is not all due to self-medication. Several doctors might also be prescribed the drug. For instance, during the week before 13th August, medical stores, and pharmacies all over the United States received 88000 prescriptions of Ivermectin.


Those who could not get their hands on human-grade drugs chose to buy animal-grade Ivermectin from veterinarians, farm supply stores, and pet stores. For large animals, the drug often comes in larger doses, which when taken by humans, can cause some nasty side effects.

Not to mention, high doses of Ivermectin can be lethal, according to a recent warning statement issued by the FDA. In the statement, the FDA urged people not to use Ivermectin that is meant for farm animals and livestock.


At the same time, some reports state that in Mississippi, almost 80% of the calls related to Ivermectin came from people who consumed drugs that were meant for horses and livestock. This alone is enough to give an insight into the intensity of the entire situation.


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