On the outside chance that Ivermectin might help me with Long-Haul COVID, I’ve been taking it for about 48 hours now (3mg, 3 times a day, 9mg per day ). Yesterday, I felt particularly good, but maybe that was a fluke; today I’m tired. Two more days to go. No side effects noted. And my wife is glad I am getting my deworming medicine, finally. Ha ha. Seriously, I think it’s unlikely that Ivermectin will help my case, 17 months after my infection, but I am taking it on the outside chance that it might kill something off that helps.
Ivermectin is a promising Covid treatment and prophylaxis, but the agency is denigrating it.
Earlier this year the agency put out a special warning that “you should not use ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19.” The FDA’s statement included words and phrases such as “serious harm,” “hospitalized,” “dangerous,” “very dangerous,” “seizures,” “coma and even death” and “highly toxic.” Any reader would think the FDA was warning against poison pills. In fact, the drug is FDA-approved as a safe and effective antiparasitic.
...Ivermectin is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. Merck has donated four billion doses to prevent river blindness and other diseases in Africa and other places where parasites are common. A group of 10 doctors who call themselves the Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance have said ivermectin is “one of the safest, low-cost, and widely available drugs in the history of medicine.”
Ivermectin fights 21 viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the cause of Covid-19. A single dose reduced the viral load of SARS-CoV-2 in cells by 99.8% in 24 hours and 99.98% in 48 hours, according to a June 2020 study published in the journal Antiviral Research.
In 115 patients with Covid-19 who received a single dose of ivermectin, none developed pneumonia or cardiovascular complications, while 11.4% of those in the control group did. Fewer ivermectin patients developed respiratory distress (2.6% vs. 15.8%); fewer required oxygen (9.6% vs. 45.9%); fewer required antibiotics (15.7% vs. 60.2%); and fewer entered intensive care (0.1% vs. 8.3%). Ivermectin-treated patients tested negative faster, in four days instead of 15, and stayed in the hospital nine days on average instead of 15. Ivermectin patients experienced 13.3% mortality compared with 24.5% in the control group.
Moreover, the drug can help prevent Covid-19. One 2020 article in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications looked at what happened after the drug was given to family members of confirmed Covid-19 patients. Less than 8% became infected, versus 58.4% of those untreated.
If the FDA were driven by science and evidence, it would give an emergency-use authorization for ivermectin for Covid-19. Instead, the FDA asserts without evidence that ivermectin is dangerous.
At the bottom of the FDA’s warning against ivermectin is this statement: “Meanwhile, effective ways to limit the spread of COVID-19 continue to be to wear your mask, stay at least 6 feet from others who don’t live with you, wash hands frequently, and avoid crowds.” Is this based on the kinds of double-blind studies that the FDA requires for drug approvals? No.
WIND: does what is said here make your blood boil?
Let’s assume for giggles that Ivermectin is far less promising that it is claimed to be. Why is the FDA doing everything it can to not find out? That’s an easy one: follow the money—a principle that will never fail you in life—the corrupt FDA’s real mission is to protect the profits of Big Pharma, the hell with the people who suffer and die as a result. And it’s not just with COVID, it happens with just about everything.
IMO, if Ivermectin proves to work as well as claimed, every decision maker at the FDA, Fauci et al should all spend the rest of their lives in prison. Because they have all worked hard to prevent looking into Ivermectin—that’s not a judgment error, that’s corruption that kills.
After all, if Ivermectin were even half as effective as claimed, we could dispsense with $50 billion in Big Pharma profits. Think of the massive gravitational forces that disfavor a cheap treatment in favor of vaccines and/or expensive treatments.