While it should not have been necessary to specify this, animal medicine is not suitable for humans, and it can often put health in danger. However, this was the case for the animal parasite medicine ivermectin, after there have been cases of people using it as an at-home treatment for COVID-10. The Food and Drug Administration had to issue warnings against it.
“You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it,” tweeted the Food and Drug Administration. The tweet was followed by an article explaining the actual dangers of ivermectin when used to treat humans. “For one thing, animal drugs are often highly concentrated because they are used for large animals like horses and cows, which can weigh a lot more than we do-a ton or more. Such high doses can be highly toxic in humans,” the FDA stated.
There have already been several cases of people hospitalized after they attempted to treat their COVID-19 infection with ivermectin. Mississippi officials also had to issue warnings against the use of ivermectin on humans after the number of poisoning cases peaked. “Many inactive ingredients found in animal products aren’t evaluated for use in people. Or they are included in much greater quantity than those used in people. In some cases, we don’t know how those inactive ingredients will affect how ivermectin is absorbed in the human body,” the FDA added.
The FDA highlighted the dangers of taking this drug in large doses, and it explained that ivermectin has to be taken as prescribed if the FDA approves a prescription. The way in which Ivercmectin is prepared for animals differs greatly from preparations for humans. Moreover, ivermectin was never recommended for COVID-19 treatment.