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Infectious disease expert, “Using ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug, to treat or prevent COVID-19 is up there with swallowing bleach”

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Hackensack NJ, Using ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug, to treat or prevent COVID-19 is up there with swallowing bleach and blow drying your face, it does not work and can cause serious harm.

Infectious disease expert, Bindu Balani, M.D., shares the ins and outs of ivermectin and why it should not be used for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19.

What is ivermectin? 

Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug that is often used to treat or prevent parasites in animals and humans.

Across the U.S. there are reports of people using ivermectin prescribed for horses to try and prevent or treat COVID-19.

Is ivermectin approved for use in humans?

Ivermectin can be prescribed to humans in tablet form to treat conditions caused by parasitic worms, as well as in a topical form to treat external parasites like lice.

Reports from the FDA are showing people ingesting ivermectin doses in a paste form that is designated for horses, as well as doctors even prescribing the medication for COVID-19.

In a typical pre-pandemic setting, there are about 3,600 prescriptions filled for ivermectin in a year. From early July and August, the CDC reported over 88,000 prescriptions dispensed – that is a 2,344% increase.

“The stark increase in prescriptions for ivermectin is not a coincidence – this is an ‘off-label’ use of the drug. While ivermectin is approved for use in parasitic conditions, there has been no evidence or approval for use against COVID-19,” shares Dr. Balani.

Can ivermectin be used to treat COVID-19? 

No, ivermectin is not approved or authorized by the FDA for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.

Some studies have been conducted to evaluate the drug’s efficacy against COVID-19, however the data has been inconsistent, inconclusive and too small to be considered high quality. There is no reliable evidence that ivermectin should be used for COVID-19.

What happens if you take ivermectin? 

The side effects of ivermectin overdose can include:

Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea

Confusion, hallucinations, seizures, coma and death

To sum up, here are three reasons why you should not use ivermectin to try to prevent COVID-19:

Ivermectin is not proven to be effective for COVID-19.

Using ivermectin not as it was intended can cause a variety of health risks, even death.

You are not a horse or a cow and a large dose of ivermectin is highly toxic.

The COVID-19 vaccines are FDA approved and proven to be effective against COVID. 

“Instead of listening to conspiracies online, please follow the data. The COVID-19 vaccines have all been thoroughly tested and are proven to be effective. Getting vaccinated can help protect you against this deadly virus,” concludes Dr. Balani.

Meet our source: Bindu Balani, M.D.


14 thoughts on “Infectious disease expert, “Using ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug, to treat or prevent COVID-19 is up there with swallowing bleach”

  1. I’d take bleach over the “vaccine” any day.

  2. Nobody suggested swallowing bleach

  3. Dr Balani obviously didn’t go to med school in the US, bleach and ivermectin are two totally different compounds that provide two totally different outcomes. How can you even compare, ivermectin is used everyday all over the world for parasites, successfully. Bleach will never treat anything inside the body without death. You ought to be ashamed of yourself for putting this stupid article in the news. Media is largely responsible for what is wrong with this country, the ridiculous information that circulated.

  4. You’re an idiot. Ivermectin was in fact used in conjunction with Remdesiver and recommended by the cdc. It’s used in India, Africa and Japan as a profalatic against covid. The shit works and you fools know it, follow the money 💰 dope

  5. This has been certified by a fact checker as misleading information

  6. And who is paying for this trash to demonize ivermectin no one has died from ivermectin

  7. I took Ivermectin 8 days into my Covid diagnosis, and U swear the drug is a life saver. It was prescribed to me as a human dose, an I truly believe if u didn’t take it when I did, I would have been hospitalized and possibly even died. I dont care that its not FDA approved for the treatment of covid, if I ever got it again, it would be my drug of choice.

  8. So who is paying for this trash article don’t you think it’s time to stop with the lies no one has died from taking ivermectin and also is fda approved but now you can’t make money off of it any longer it’s also cheap and it works

  9. Don’t believe this. Do your research. They will say anything to get you to take the jab.

  10. Off label use of a drug that has been taken safely by millions is like swallowing bleach? This is not science or medicine it’s political hackery. She says “follow the data” but can’t name any data that supports her. Because it doesn’t.

  11. Ivermectin is FDA-approved since 1995 the Jab is still not approved. Ivermectin saved my life. Make sure you booster!!!

  12. Who are they

  13. “They” are the ones making all the money on this. There should not be ANY restrictions on ANY type of medications, ( and ,or, natural therapeutics such as Vit D3, Zinc, Vit C NAC etc), that work to heal a patient with Covid. Especially if it’s a pandemic as “they” claim it to be.

    Follow the money, see who the loudest voices are and who or what they are affiliated with.
    So far, ten new billionaires have been made over the last year and a half. Pretty good income I would say in such a short period of time.

  14. There are more than 100 clinical studies including more than 50,000 people from more than 2 dozen countries showing Ivermectin to be extremely safe and effective treating COVID. 63 of these studies were peer reviewed published placebo controlled studies. A meta-analysis of 14 of these peer reviewed published studies looked at high risk patients who were treated with ivermectin as prophylaxis (preventative) and they saw an 86% reduction in the combined end-point of COVID infections, number of hospitalizations, days hospitalized, the need for a ventilator, days on a ventilator, and deaths.

    A meta-analysis of 27 studies looked at using ivermectin as an early treatment within 3 days of becoming infected and found a 69% reduction in the combined endpoint of hospitalizations, days hospitalized, ventilator use, and deaths.

    A meta-analysis of 22 studies that looked at the use of ivermectin as a late treatment, more than 3 days after infection, found a 40% reduction in hospitalizations, days hospitalized, ventilator use, and deaths.

    A meta-analysis of 25 of these studies that looked at mortality found a 58% reduction in COVID deaths in patients treatment with ivermectin vs. patients not treated with ivermectin in the placebo group.

    Here are links to all of this data and a lot more. Anyone who claims that ivermectin is not safe and effective treating COVID, they are either bold faced lying or they are completely ignorant. The scientific data supporting the safety and efficacy of ivermectin treating COVID aid immense and conclusive.

    Japan us an extremely conservative country when it comes to prescription drug approvals, yet they have approved ivermectin to treat COVID for both infected patients and as a preventive for high risk patients.

    The UK government has a large clinical study ongoing testing ivermectin to treat COVID.

    Dozens of countries in Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East have used ivermectin to treat COVID in more than a billion people both as a preventative and as a treatment after infection. Brazil and Mexico treatment the vast majority of their population with ivermectin as a preventive treatment and both countries experienced enormous declines in COVID infections, hospitalizations, and deaths.

    In 2015 the inventor of Ivermectin received the Nobel Peace Prize for the global impact that ivermectin has had on humans.

    The World Health Organization has placed ivermectin on its list of essential medicines for its impact on humans, not horses, and the WHO has referred to ivermectin as a “miracle drug” that is safe and highly effective for treating so many diseases and conditions, in humans, of horses.

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