Ivermectin tablets are used in human beings to treat a disease called onchocerciasis (river blindness) and various infections caused by parasites. It is also sometimes used for “difficult-to-treat’ scabies. Ivermectin is also used as skin cream for certain skin conditions.
Ivermectin tablets are used in veterinary medicine to treat various parasitic infections.
There is genuine scientific interest in evaluating Ivermectin as a COVID treatment. But the evidence is not good enough for widespread use outside the clinical trials.
Unfortunately, there is widespread promotion of ivermectin in certain countries and there is a significant risk that people may be harmed by this promotion. (Side effects: Ivermectin data sheet).
Ivermectin for preventing and treating COVID-19
Maria Popp et al. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2021.
NICE. Difficult-to-treat scabies: oral ivermectin
Evidence summary [ESUOM29] Published: 18 March 2014
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