Health Department: Ivermectin should not be used to prevent or treat COVID-19

The Washington State Department of Health on Thursday warned that people should not take ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19, following a Health Alert Network advisory released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ivermectin is an antiparasitic drug used commonly in humans and animals. Although it is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of some parasitic worms, external parasites and skin conditions, evidence shows it is ineffective against treating the COVID-19 virus and the side effects can be potentially dangerous.

Side effects may include, but are not limited to, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, facial or limb swelling, dizziness, seizures, confusion, a sudden drop in blood pressure, and liver injury (hepatitis). Drugs prescribed for animals are often highly concentrated because they are used for large animals and therefore may be toxic to humans. The FDA has received multiple reports of people who were hospitalized after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses. In July 2021, poison control centers across the country reported a five-fold increase in the number of calls for human exposure to ivermectin.

Despite the dangers, nationwide the CDC has seen a sharp increase in both providers prescribing and patients requesting ivermectin for COVID-19. According to the CDC, during the second week of August more than 88,000 prescriptions were reported nationwide, which is 24 times higher than the number of prescriptions written before the pandemic and more than double the previous peak of prescriptions written in early January 2021. The FDA has established a cross-agency task force that closely monitors for fraudulent COVID-19 products that claim to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure COVID-19.


25 Replies to “Health Department: Ivermectin should not be used to prevent or treat COVID-19”

  1. Is it working? Does anything else matter? Why is a drug that has been used safely for 40 years being treated like it’s cyanide? Why are our doctors not treating patients and letting them become hospitalized, while other countries have covid kits? Someone needs to start answering questions and cut out the ridiculous, unscientific slander.

    1. Ivermectin is an antiparasitic. COVID is a virus, not a parasite. Credentialed medical authorities have rejected this as quackery. It’s in the same league with Trump advocating we ingest bleach. Time to shelve the nonsense.

      1. Roger, people with CV-19 (a virus) are most always dying from pneumonia (parasites). Most all treatment regimes (vaccinated or not) include antibiotics and steroids.

      2. Roger, please direct me to the link with a direct quote where Trump said to ingest bleach. I’ll save you the time…that quote doesn’t exist.

        1. Do a search on Trump bleach and it pops right up. April 23, 2020 in the WH briefing room.

          Bill Bryan from DHS mentioned that bleach will kill the virus (on surfaces), after which Trump said: “So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light — and I think you said that that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it. And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test that, too. It sounds interesting. And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that.”

          Immediately afterwards,, Clorox and other bleach manufacturers, and the CDC issued strong warnings about not ingesting or injecting bleach.

        2. Roger, for some reason the reply feature on your post isn’t working so replying to my own.

          Please point out in your quote where Trump DIRECTLY STATES, in your words, “Trump advocating we ingest bleach”.

        3. Jeff, please read again Trump’s rambling, almost incoherent statement. In his own words, in the WH briefing room no less: “…I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside…” The take-away was he was suggesting ingesting or injecting bleach~ so much so he had to walk it back a day or two later.

  2. Which doesn’t explain its use for Dengue or Zika. Answer the question, is it working where used? Oh yeah, that would require actually reading something not allowed by people trying to become billionaires at the expense of an entire nation’s health. If red M&Ms work, they should be considered. Are the countries currently using prophylaxis and actual treatment succeeding or not? Snarky quips aren’t science. And real life data counts.

  3. Ivermectin cheerleaders, credentials matter~ what medical schools did you graduate from?

    1. Doctors are prescribing Ivermectin. I don’t think you’re denying that. They have doctorates. Do all the people in your City Planning board activities have degree’s in city planning?

      1. For now, I am going to stay away from vet meds. It seems the studies show that there is preliminary effectiveness with Ivermectin and that more comprehensive studies should follow. It also seems that the increase in due to people self prescribing and taking doses that are meant for cows and horses.

        I think the drug has effectiveness, the published studies show it. Much like the faith in vaccines that were relatively new technology, we have all signed up to be guinea.pigs. I gladly did. If a loved one came down with COVID (my brother was in hospital for 2 weeks) I would ask for whatever treatment they had to offer. I believe Ivermectin was part of the regimen of antivirals and antibacterial meds that they gave him to stave off any lung infection.

        I haven’t researched it, but I wonder if the CDC is doing any more in depth studies.on this inexpensive drug. I am not a conspiracy theorist, and I am not saying big Pharma is pulling the strings, but Government is very effective or speedy at off label uses. (I am not so sure this is an off label use….)

        It’s certainly an interesting situation. I remember when the AIDS crisis was in full blown horror. My friends who were suffering would try just about anything to prolong or prevent death. I imagine that those with COVID now would do anything as well.

        As far as a prevention med, I would think the vaccine would be the first course of action?

        1. George. I hope your brother is okay. I see tons of parallels to today and during the AIDs epidemic. Dallas Buyer’s Clubs is one of my favorite movies. This is the era of medical bigotry.

  4. I haven’t seen anyone recommend animal ivermectin, ever. Early in the pandemic, some doctors tested repurposed drugs. It’s a common act to see if any drugs that are already on the market can be of help. Also some countries, like Zimbabwe, curiously had very little outbreak. Some doctors think it might have been due to their use of Ivermectin as a prophylaxis. There have been many tests by doctors but the CDC wants nothing to do with treating the virus. All we get are silly comments and no treatment. How are we ever going to reach herd immunity with vaccines that don’t stop you from getting the virus or passing it on? I saw yesterday that the CDC is currently working on treatments for cytokine storm and blood clotting. Weren’t those the two big issues that concerned the doctors who felt the vaccines were rushed? A little more transparency and less politics would be refreshing.

  5. Personally I plan to go with vaccination and the booster (if approved) and what my doctor and medical plan tell me to do now; and if I come down with the disease and need hospitalization later. Also eating right, not smoking and not being obese seems like a prudent approach too. Seeing conspiracy, greed and the Boogy Man around every internet corner seems like a precious waste of time and intelligence to me, but if it makes you feel better about the whole mess, go for it.

    1. You’re a wise and savvy man, Clint. I continue to be amazed at the misinformation and disinformation out there on the web and how it sucks in so many otherwise intelligent people. Overwhelming competent medical advice, even their own local doctors, tell them to get vaccinated, but they go on the web and read some article about doctors in Zimbabwe~ and they decide to go with that! Surely those third-world doctors must know more than the CDC, NIH, etc. etc.

      News media regularly report on anti-vaxxers dying from COVID, their last words being “I wish I’d gotten vaccinated.” Nearly all those dying now from COVID are not vaccinated. It’s so easy to avoid being one of them.

  6. I agree with Roger and Clint. Vaccinations thus far seem to be the right course. That doesn’t mean Ivermectin hasn’t shown some promise, I wouldn’t think that some doctors don’t believe it has some use (the number of prescribed doses has nullified geometrically). I am in the camp that vaccines irradiated polio, will keep an old dude like me from getting shingles, prevent one of the leading causes of cervical cancer, and multiple other things.

    Now, if I do get sick with COVID, and the only thing left for me is UV filtration, a bleach blood cleaner, and a myriad of off the label usage of a drug, sign me up. In the interim, I am just going to get the booster when I can…

  7. Sorry about my spelling. Cell phone, not nullified, but multiplied, and not irradiated polio but eradicated polio. Do they have a vaccine for vision and large thumbs?

  8. And some of us who read everything we could get our hands on are all alone, in that respect. There are a few things we know at this point: the vaccines are not treatment, they expire, they don’t keep you from getting the virus or spreading it. Hopefully, they will keep looking for cures.

    1. Reading everything one can get one’s hands on vs reading everything one can find from reputable, scientific, peer-reviewed sources are two different things. In my technical field, I used to be appalled at the amount of false “information” that was sloshing around out there, and the amount of really sloppy “research” that people engaged in was very discouraging. How one differentiates between reliable sources and someone’s opinion/rumor is is critical. People with experience and education in the field doing the research is usually more reliable than reading everything out there and doing one’s own “research.”

  9. Glen, you also left out that we know most of the folks catching and actually dying from the virus, now, have not been vaccinated and, now, not vaccinated young people are much more frequently getting the illness and tend to be quite ill when they do get sick. We know that the hospitals in highly not vaccinated areas (Florida and Texas, for example) are now at ICU capacity with Covid cases. If you really “read everything you can get your hands on,” don’t you have some responsibility to recite all the known facts, not just some of the known facts? Of course they are looking for cures, but for the time being at least, we can take what we can get. Cancer, for example, can’t be absolutely cured yet in every case; but way more people survive it now than in the very recent past. Progress frequently happens and perfection rarely happens in the realm of science. But, we do know perfection is possible when we see what the polio vaccine did in our lifetimes.

  10. Clinton is correct – big difference between the so-called research posted by self-appointed internet experts with no scientific education and reading the well-researched conclusions from people who are say, virologists. Or infectious disease experts. Personally, I trust those who have had years of rigorous education in universities, have had their ideas and conclusions critically reviewed by their own peers. But if others want to go with the conclusions of influencers or, I don’t know, people with a high school diploma, then they’re allowed to.

  11. I’ve named the inventor of mRNA and a Nobel prize winning virologist so many times that I’ve lost count. Along with Dr Pierre Kory’s (and many other silenced doctors) undeniable expertise, I would like to know what the exact definition of quackery is? When a doctor relates that they have used a treatment on over 1200 patients without a death, since March 2020, that should stir some interest. Treatments are currently in use and being tested all over the world. Everyone should be supporting potential treatments. With the recent FDA departures and studies released last week confirming natural antibodies’ superior efficacy, the “experts” may well look more like flat earthers when this is over.

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