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1. Ivermectin

Ivermectin oral tablet is used to treat infections of parasites. These include parasitic infections of your intestinal tract, skin, and eyes. This medication belongs to a class of drugs called anti-parasitic drugs. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions. Ivermectin oral tablet works by binding to parts inside the parasite. It eventually paralyzes and kills off the parasite, or it stops adult parasites from making larvae for a while. This treats your infection.

Ivermectin is being prescribed off-label to treat COVID-19 in some parts of the world, but regulatory agencies are recommending that randomized controlled trials be conducted before widespread use is adopted.

A study in Australia showed that Ivermectin could inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in cell cultures, and some physicians, citing this study, have already begun integrating the off-label use of Ivermectin into their COVID-19 treatment protocol. Although the drug is relatively safe, some scientists are worried that clinicians are putting the cart before the horse in prescribing Ivermectin for COVID-19. It is still unclear whether it is safe to use in the context of a highly inflammatory syndrome, like COVID-19, or in combination with other drugs.

In the study, which was not peer-reviewed, Ivermectin was associated with a survival benefit among patients with severe COVID-19 compared with usual care. The association remained after adjusting for differences between groups, including the use of azithromycin, hydroxychloroquine, and zinc, which was common.

12mg is the maximum authorized dose, and taking higher than the recommended dose increases the risk of side-effects. Asides the common side effects, serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:

  • Pain in your neck and back.
  • Serious eye problems. Symptoms can include: redness, bleeding, swelling, pain, and loss of vision.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Inability to control urination.
  • Inability to control bowel movements.
  • Trouble standing or walking.
  • Confusion.
  • Extreme tiredness.
  • Extreme drowsiness.
  • Seizures.
  • Coma.
  • Low blood pressure, especially when you get up after sitting or lying down. Symptoms can include: light-headedness, dizziness, fainting.
  • Severe skin reactions. Symptoms can include: severe rash, redness, blistering skin, peeling skin.
  • Liver damage. Symptoms can include: tiredness, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and pain on the right side of your stomach, dark urine, yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.
  • Although the benefits of ivermectin in the treatment of the COVID-19 virus outweighs the risks, one should be aware of the side effects before taking them. It is also important to stress that no one should try to self-medicate with versions of Ivermectin that are for veterinary purposes or head lice. The only safe way to get Ivermectin is by prescription from a doctor.

    Meanwhile, effective ways to limit the spread of COVID-19 continue to be to wear your mask, stay at least 6 feet from others who don’t live with you, wash hands frequently, and avoid crowds.