Experts warn the public against the use of ivermectin for animals
Ivermectin is an approved veterinary anti-parasitic drug discovered in Japan. Due to its ability to kill a wide range of parasites in animals, veterinarians and livestock owners call it a “wonder drug.”
After Merck’s research laboratories made preparations for humans, ivermectin further proved its wonders; it helped treat two of the most devastating parasitic infections which affected billions of people in the tropics: Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic filariasis1.
While ivermectin for humans is generally safe with minimal side effects, experts warn the public against the use of ivermectin for animals. They emphasize that the preparations for animals are very different from those approved for humans.
The premise behind ivermectin in treating COVID-19
When used correctly, ivermectin is an effective anti-parasitic medicine. But can it help treat COVID-19 infections?
One research2 concluded that ivermectin can significantly reduce the SARS-CoV2 viral RNA within 48 hours. However, the drug showed this viral inhibitory property in vitro or outside a living organism.
Other in vitro studies likewise pointed out that ivermectin can have the necessary anti-viral efficacy; however, the administered doses in those studies were up to a hundred times higher than the approved use for humans3.