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Ivermectin not authorized nor approved by FDA for treating COVID-19

September 13, 2021 – FYI, News

There’s a lot of misinformation around, and you may have heard that it’s okay to take large doses of ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19. That is wrong.

Although ivermectin has been approved by the FDA for humans to treat some conditions, it is NOT authorized nor approved by FDA at this time for preventing or treating COVID-19. Versions approved for use in animals are very different from those approved for people and have led to overdose or other toxic reactions.

Ivermectin misuse and overdose is causing a jump in calls to poison hotlines throughout the U.S. — and has in some cases resulted in serious illness and hospitalization. Signs and symptoms of ivermectin toxicity include:

  • gastrointestinal effects (nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea)
  • headache
  • blurred vision
  • dizziness
  • tachycardia (heart rate over 100 beats per minute)
  • hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • visual hallucinations, altered mental status or confusion
  • loss of coordination and balance
  • central nervous system depression
  • seizures

Ivermectin — of any kind — is NOT authorized nor approved by FDA for preventing or treating COVID-19. Do not take ivermectin unless it is prescribed to you by your healthcare provider for an authorized use.