The fourth wave of COVID infections in the United States is causing stress amongst Americans. More and more citizens are now turning to ivermectin. It is an affordable drug that is normally used to kill parasites and worms in humans and animals.
US Health Experts Warns Citizens Against The Ivermectin To Treat Coronavirus
The health experts and medical groups in the United States are pushing to stamp out the use of decade-old parasite drugs. The experts asserted that the drug which is being used to treat covid 19 can cause harmful side effects. There is little evidence that the drug is actually helpful in treating the infection.
This summer, federal officials have seen a considerable surge in prescriptions. The officials are worried that the increase in the intake of ivermectin may cause an overdose of the same.
Despite warning from the federals, the drug was given to the inmates in jail in Northwest Arkansas. The Republican lawmakers are promoting ivermectin. The drug is widely used in other countries also such as India and Brazil.
The administration is continually taking efforts via social media and other means urging Americans to get themselves vaccinated. This week the popular US professional groups and doctors have filed a plea and appeal to stop or put an immediate end to the use of this drug.
American Medical Association and two pharmacist groups said, “We are urging physicians, pharmacists, and other prescribers — trusted healthcare professionals in their communities — to warn patients against the use of ivermectin outside of FDA-approved indications and guidance,”
However, certain studies and research are still being conducted by the US to know the exact side effects and impact of the drug. The latest plea follows a serious warning to federal and state regulators tracking the side effects and hospital admission tied to the drug.
Randy McDonough, a pharmacist in Iowa City, Iowa said, “There’s just not any good evidence right now suggesting this is a good treatment for treating or preventing COVID-19,”
Ivermectin is approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat common infections such as roundworms and parasites in humans and animals. The tablets are used to treat internal parasites and worms. Whereas, ointment is used to treat skin infections and head lice. The generic drug paralyzes the worms and kills their offspring.
FDA while debunking the claims that the animal drug can fight COVID -19 said, “Taking large doses of this drug is dangerous and can cause serious harm,” the FDA warned in a public advisory. The drug can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, delirium, and even death,”
The World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, and other medical experts taking into consideration the effects of the drug also showed their concerns. They gave recommendations that one must not intake the drug outside fully controlled patient studies.
The studies and searches are still going on and there is no formal announcement on the same. Trials are still going on. Medical centers are encouraging people to participate in the trial to conclude the same at the earliest.