Inquiries about ivermectin overdose flooded

The number of cases of overdose reported in the United States of people taking the

oral anthelmintic drug 'ivermectin ' for the treatment of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) is increasing rapidly in the United States. In many cases, patients were taking ivermectin for livestock.

Poison Control Centers Are Fielding A Surge Of Ivermectin Overdose Calls: Coronavirus Updates: NPR

In 2020, when COVID-19 became popular worldwide and various researches on vaccines and therapeutic agents started all at once, 'ivermectin', which is widely used as an antiparasitic therapeutic agent, became a COVID-19 therapeutic agent. It has been shown that it may be valid as. However, as clinical trials progressed, the effects of ivermectin became questionable, and in August 2021, the findings that 'ivermectin has no effect on the treatment of COVID-19' were published.

Studies show that ivermectin 'has no effect' on the treatment of the new corona-GIGAZINE

On the other hand, misinformation about ivermectin is still spread on the Internet, and many people believe in the effects of ivermectin. For this reason, there are many reports from the American Poison Control Center that 'I took ivermectin because I thought it would treat COVID-19, resulting in overdose.' According to the Poison Control Center, there were about 400 calls from people who took ivermectin during the period from January to August in both 2019 and 2020, but in 2021, the number increased to more than 1,100. In particular, the rate of increase in July and August was as high as 245%.

NPR reports that many of the reports are overdose due to taking ivermectin for livestock. It has already been reported as of August 2021 that more and more people are taking ivermectin for livestock, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that 'you are neither a horse nor a cow.' I did.

'75% of the calls we received were from people who bought ivermectin from feed stores or agricultural stores and tried to treat it with ivermectin for animals,' said Ashley Webb, director of the Kentucky Poison Control Center. I have.

If you receive a prescription for ivermectin from your doctor, you need to take the medicine obtained through a regular route such as a pharmacy, in accordance with the dosage. NPR warned that ivermectin for livestock may contain ingredients that are harmful to humans and that overdose can cause serious damage to the human body.

'Even doses of ivermectin approved for human administration can interact with other drugs, such as anticoagulants. Overdose of ivermectin can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, hypotension, allergic reactions, and It can cause dizziness, ataxia, seizures, coma, and death, 'says the FDA.

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