Ivermectin is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved antiparasitic drug that is used to treat several neglected tropical diseases, including onchocerciasis, helminthiases, and scabies.1 It is also being evaluated for its potential to reduce the rate of malaria transmission by killing mosquitoes that feed on treated humans and livestock.2 For these indications, ivermectin has been widely used and is generally well tolerated.1,3 Ivermectin is not approved by the FDA for the treatment of any viral infection.
Ivermectin treatment in humans for COVID-19
200mcg per Kilo of Body weight.
Preventative: once per week on test subject
Infected: 5 day treatment
What are the side effects of Ivermectin?
Ivermectin is well tolerated compared to other microfilaricidal agents. The side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you've had liver problems
- Increase of liver enzymes
- Increase of bilirubin in blood
- Increase of eosinophils
- Low blood pressure (hypotension).
- You may feel dizzy or light-headed when standing up
- Worsening of asthma.
- Loss of appetite Dizziness
How should I take Ivermectin?
Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information It is usually taken as a single dose on an empty stomach with a full glass of water. A recent pharmacokinetics study reports that following a high-fat meal absorption was significantly higher (about 2.5 times) than in the fasted state.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention if you are taking medications for anxiety, mental illness or seizures; muscle relaxants; sedatives; sleeping pills; or tranquilizers.
Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
What happens if I drink alcohol while taking ivermectin?
Using alcohol with ivermectin can increase blood levels or add to the side effects of ivermectin. This can cause skin rash, swelling, headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, seizure (convulsions), shortness of breath, and numbness or tingling.
Does Ivermectin interact with any other medications?
Products that may interact with Ivermectin include:
- Barbiturates (such as phenobarbital, butalbital)
- Benzodiazepines (such as clonazepam, lorazepam)
- Sodium oxybate (GHB)
- Valproic acid
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