What is Ivermectin?
Ivermectin was fist discovered in 1975 and first marketed as a veterinary medicine in 1981. Human applications followed in the 1980s. Drs. William Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura won a Nobel Prize for its discovery, applications, and impact on global health, mostly for its implications towards River Blindness Disease. The WHO has Ivermectin on its list of Essential Medicines.
Why use Ivermectin in COVID-19?
Ivermectin is a safe drug when used at recommended doses, with its side effects being mostly mild (stomach upset being the most common). It also has just a few drug interactions, the most notable being with Warfarin. Many doctors and scientists believe that Ivermectin can stop the growth and development of COVID-19 by inhibiting its replication.
Who endorses Ivermectin use for COVID-19?
One group that heavily endorses the use of Ivermectin for both the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 is the FLCCC Alliance (Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance). This group was formed in March of 2020 by 5 of the most highly published internationally recognized ICU physicists in the World, with more than 2,000 peer reviewed articles published. They combine for more than 100 years of experience in bedside ICU and near-daily care of COVID-19 patients since the beginning of the pandemic.
Where is the Evidence?
There have been numerous studies that suggest that there is benefit when using Ivermectin for prophylaxis and treatment of COVID-19. A meta-analysis (study that reviews and compiles data from other studies) has included over 81 studies performed with Ivermectin in use for COVID-19. This study has found after compiling all of the data, the chance that Ivermectin having no benefit in COVID-19 is 1 in 169 Billion. This study is published for free to the public at ivmmeta.com.
Frequently asked Questions
Who should take Ivermectin for prevention? The FLCCC alliance recommends those at high risk should take it to help prevent COVID-19. Those who at high risk would include those in areas of high prevalence and those who are in close contact with people who were positive.
What other side effects can Ivermectin cause? Some other potential side effects include diarrhea, nausea, fast heart rate, dizziness, and fluid buildup. All these side effects occurred in less than 5% of people taking Ivermectin.
How should I take it? The dose will be determined by your doctor based on if you are using it to prevent or treat COVID. Treatment is usually a higher dose. Ivermectin is best taken on an empty stomach with a whole glass of water. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.