As demand surges, health experts warn against taking ivermectin to treat COVID-19

FDA advises against using the drug to prevent or treat COVID-19, but prescriptions are rising

Among the unvaccinated, some are seeking alternative protections against COVID-19, which efforts can come with dangerous consequences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting a surge in prescriptions for the drug ivermectin, despite warnings from the agency and the Food and Drug Administration against using it.

The medicine is typically used to treat parasitic worms, often in animals. It repeatedly has failed in clinical trials for treating people infected with the coronavirus. Federal health officials say that self-medicating with ivermectin can have serious health risks, including overdose and coma.

In an interview with NJ Spotlight News, Dr. Lewis Nelson, chair of Rutgers Medical School says, “At the very least, it’s a treatment that doesn’t work.”

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