CDC and FDA advise against use of ivermectin as use skyrockets in the US

Ivermectin. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (BENOIT TESSIER/)

A popular movement, without medical endorsement, has Soared use in the United States of the cattle dewormer ivermectin as a treatment against COVID-19. But while consumption increases, they have also increased emergency calls for poisoning and overdose with this drug, according to data shared by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control, according to its acronym in English).

The CDC bases its report on data obtained by the American Association of Poison Control Centers, which highlights that During the month of August, calls for complications with ivermectin increased fivefold compared to what happened in the month of July.

Although it is a medicine for animal use, it is sometimes prescribed in small doses for human use, in cases of problems with parasites, scabies or lice.

In social networks, ivermectin has become a treatment recommended by thousands of people who oppose vaccines by disbelieving in the process of developing them. The most talked about case this week is that of the radio presenter in Texas, caleb wallace, which had gained national prominence for opposing the use of masks and vaccines. Three weeks ago, Wallace said that he had contracted COVID-19 and that he had decided to treat his case based on of ivermectin, vitamin C and zinc lozenges. This week Wallace passed away, leaving three girls orphaned, plus a baby on the way..

Pharmacies in the United States have reported that by mid-August, an average of 88 thousand boxes of ivermectin per week, while the weekly average two months ago was 3,600 boxes a week. Even in some cities there has been a shortage of the drug, something that had never happened before.

Ivermectin.  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Ivermectin. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (BENOIT TESSIER/)

The treatment is not approved by the FDA (Federal Food and Drug Administration). However, there are doctors who are prescribing it.

In Ohio, outside of Cincinnati, a woman went to court to demand that the hospital where her husband was hospitalized for coronavirus treat him with ivermectin. The case was made because one of the doctors treating the patient – who was on an automatic ventilator – wanted to use the medicine, but the hospital’s medical board would not allow it. In fact, that doctor started a national campaign among doctors to promote the use of ivermectin.

Those who obtain a prescription for the drug are at less risk, because when buying it from a pharmacy the dose is usually very low. But the vast majority of those who are consuming this drug do so by self-medicating and obtain it in veterinary centers. In those places, ivermectin comes in a paste or a highly concentrated liquid, putting those who consume it at great risk.

You are not a horse, you are not a cow. Really. To all. Enough is enough,” says a message posted on the official FDA Twitter account in which they refer to an article that explains why people should not take ivermectin. Similarly, the CDC and the National Institutes of Health advised against its use.

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