Warning! Vermifuge Ivermectin is not a corona drug

The anti-vaccination miracle cure: Ivermectin is actually used to deworm horses and cattle. However, some vaccine skeptics consider the active ingredient to be an effective drug in the fight against SARS-CoV-2. The medical profession warns of the side effects.

Experts strongly advise against taking the vermifuge outside of clinics and without medical advice.

Austrian Federal Office warns of ivermectin in COVID-19

Beware of toxic reactions: Small and only a few studies have so far shown a possible effectiveness of the vermifuge ivermectin – but: In the case of COVID-19 disease, ivermectin would have to be administered in high concentrations in order to achieve possible antiviral activity. In addition to increased side effects, the drug can have a highly toxic effect at high doses. The Austrian Federal Office for Safety in Health Care (BASG) therefore alerted the population to misuse in March.

Possible side effects of ivermectin include:

  • swelling of the face
  • Fever
  • itching
  • general malaise
  • toxic reactions

Ivermectin tablets are approved in Austria for the treatment of itch mite ( scabies ) or parasitic worm infestations (dwarf nematodes) and  skin diseases  (copper acne) in humans. The drug requires a prescription and actually has to be prescribed by a doctor.

In veterinary medicine, the active ingredient is used to combat worm infestation in a large number of animal species.

Hands off: Ivermectin is not a miracle cure for Corona

After intensive investigations, researchers at the University of Würzburg found no evidence that ivermectin could improve the condition of COVID-19 sufferers or prevent infection. The use of the active substance was compared, among other things, with the standard treatment and a placebo. The medical profession advises against the use of the drug due to the lack of data, further studies are necessary to analyze the effectiveness more intensively.

The best protection against a severe COVID-19 disease is still the corona vaccination – with the active ingredient Paxlovid and the monoclonal antibodies Ronapreve and Regkirona, effective corona drugs are already in use.

 

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