FDA warns people not to take veterinary drugs to treat Covid-19

The US Food and Drug Administration urges people to stop using veterinary drugs to treat or prevent Covid-19 after receiving multiple reports of patients hospitalized after “self-medication with ivermectin for horses.” , so the federal authority.

“You’re not a horse. You’re not a cow. Seriously, all of you. Stop that,” the FDA tweeted on Saturday from its official account, along with a consumer update detailing why the drug is being used for the drug People can be unsafe.

Ivermectin, which is not an antiviral drug, is commonly used to treat or prevent parasites in animals.

“These veterinary drugs are often highly concentrated because they are used on large animals like horses and cows that can weigh much more than a human,” the FDA update said. “Such high doses can be highly toxic to humans.”

Patients who overdose ivermectin can experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure, allergic reactions, dizziness, imbalance, seizures, coma, and even death, according to the FDA.

The agency clarified that the FDA-approved ivermectin tablets used to treat people with certain diseases caused by parasitic worms, as well as topical formulations used for head lice and skin conditions like rosacea, are different from the drugs used in animals differentiate. Ivermectin tablets and topical formulations for humans have “very specific doses” that are significantly lower than the doses intended for animals.

Additionally, “many inactive ingredients found in animal products are not being evaluated for use in humans,” warned the FDA. “In some cases we do not know how these inactive ingredients affect the absorption of ivermectin in the human body.”

The FDA stressed that no form of the ivermectin drug has been approved by the agency for the treatment or prevention of Covid-19 in humans.

“However, some initial research is ongoing,” the agency said, adding that “taking a drug for an unapproved use can be very dangerous. This also applies to ivermectin.”

The agency said it was forced to issue a warning not to use ivermectin after “much misinformation” emerged about the drug.

“You may have heard that it is okay to take large doses of ivermectin. That is wrong,” the FDA said in the consumer update. “In the meantime, effective ways to limit the spread of Covid-19 are to wear your mask, stay at least 6 feet away from other people who do not live with you, wash your hands frequently, and avoid crowds. “

The FDA has also issued emergency approvals for three Covid-19 vaccines to help prevent Covid-19 infections.

Covid-19 has claimed more than 630,000 lives in the United States since the pandemic began in early 2020. Since then, more than 37.6 million cases of Covid-19 infection have been reported nationwide, according to NBC News.