Ivermectin is an FDA-approved medication that is used to treat parasitic infections caused by certain types of roundworms, threadworms, and mites. It is a broad-spectrum antiparasitic drug that works by binding to specific receptors in the nervous systems of parasites, causing paralysis and death of the parasites.
Ivermectin is available in several forms, including tablets, topical creams, and lotions. The standard dose of Ivermectin for adults is 150 to 200 micrograms per kilogram of body weight, which is equivalent to 9 to 12 milligrams of Ivermectin for a person weighing 60 kilograms (132 pounds). For parasitic infections, the medication is usually given as a single dose, although multiple doses may be required depending on the severity of the infection.
In recent times, there has been a lot of discussion around the use of Ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19. However, the use of Ivermectin for this purpose is not yet approved by the FDA or other regulatory authorities. The available evidence on the effectiveness of Ivermectin for treating COVID-19 is mixed, with some studies suggesting it may be helpful while others have found no benefit.
Like any medication, Ivermectin may cause side effects. Common side effects of Ivermectin include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and headache. In rare cases, Ivermectin may cause more serious side effects such as seizures, low blood pressure, and allergic reactions.
It is important to talk to your doctor before taking Ivermectin, especially if you have a history of liver or kidney disease, or if you are taking any other medications. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult with their healthcare provider before taking Ivermectin.
Overall, Ivermectin is a potent antiparasitic medication that has been used safely and effectively for many years. However, its use in treating COVID-19 is still a matter of debate, and further research is needed to determine its efficacy and safety for this purpose.