DO NOT USE Ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19!

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What is Ivermectin, and how is it used?

  • Ivermectin is NOT an antiviral drug! Antiviral drugs treat viruses such as COVID-19.
  • Ivermectin in a pill form is used to treat parasitic worms in humans. A topical form of the drug is used to treat head lice and skin conditions (such as rosacea). [Drawings of a magnifying glass looking at head lice and a circle containing worms.]
  • Some forms of Ivermectin are used in animals to prevent heartworm disease and certain internal and external parasites. [Photo of a dog sitting in front of a cow.]

Ivermectin For Animals

  • Ivermectin preparations for animals are very DIFFERENT from those approved for humans! [Photo of a horse.]
  • Animal drugs are often highly concentrated because they are used for large animals like horses and cows, which weigh a lot more than humans!
  • Such high doses can be highly toxic in humans! [Drawing of skull and crossbones.]

Important Facts

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  • Never use medications intended for animals on yourself. The FDA has received multiple reports of patients who have required medical support and been hospitalized after self-medicating with veterinary-grade Ivermectin intended for livestock.
  • You can overdose on Ivermectin, which can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure, allergic reactions, dizziness, problems with balance, seizures, coma, and even death.
  • Even levels of Ivermectin for approved uses can react negatively with other medications, which is why it is important to only take this drug when prescribed by a licensed physician!

Effective Ways to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 Continue to be:

  • Getting vaccinated
  • Wearing your mask
  • Staying at least 6 feet from others who don’t live with you
  • Washing your hands frequently
  • Avoiding crowds

Poison control centers in multiple states are reporting increased calls about nausea, vomiting, and neurological symptoms due to unprescribed, veterinary-grade Ivermectin.

Source: FDA