I have to confess – I actually stocked up on ivermectin paste to treat my patients.
This was long before the COVID pandemic though…
What to Know About Ivermectin
So what was I doing with ivermectin paste, a horse dewormer?
As most folks know, ivermectin does have other uses!
It is actually FDA approved to treat parasitic worms – in humans.
“Sklice is a single-use lotion with ivermectin 0.5% as the active ingredient, for the topical treatment of head lice infestations in patients 6 months of age and older. Sklice is for external use only and should only be used on the scalp and dry hair in accordance with label directions. Sklice is not approved for any other use.”FDA Approves Lotion for Nonprescription Use to Treat Head Lice
And surprisingly, topical ivermectin (Sklice) is FDA approved to treat head lice. Available with a prescription since 2012, Sklice (ivermectin lotion, 0.5%) was switched to a nonprescription or over-the-counter status in 2020.
Then it disappeared…
Sklice was no longer available with a prescription and isn’t yet available OTC on pharmacy shelves.
With few inexpensive options for hard to treat head lice, some pediatric providers came up with the idea of mixing ivermectin paste for horses with a thick moisturizer, like Cetaphil, and offering that “off-label” to treat kids with head lice. Unlike the people who are ingesting ivermectin paste to try and prevent or treat COVID, since you are using this mixture topically, there is thought to be little risk of side effects.
And instead of paying almost $300 for a tube of Sklice (0.5% ivermectin lotion), you could pay about $6 for a tube of concentrated ivermectin (1.87% paste) – for horses…
Still, it is probably best that this kind of off-label use is truly a last resort.
And only used when there is a good indication that it is going to work!
What to Know About Ivermectin for COVID
Using ivermectin (for horses…) to treat head lice isn’t too hard to justify when you know that topical ivermectin is FDA approved to treat head lice…
Using ivermectin, whether it is for people or horses, to prevent or treat COVID???
“The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 in people or animals. Ivermectin has not been shown to be safe or effective for these indications.”Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19
That’s a very bad idea!
What should you do instead?
“The most effective ways to limit the spread of COVID-19 are to get vaccinated, wear a face mask, stay at least six feet from others in public places, wash hands frequently and avoid large crowds of people.”Why ivermectin should not be used to prevent or treat COVID-19
Although some initial studies showed that ivermectim can reduce the replication of SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses in petri dishes, other real world studies do not support using the drug.
So why do people take ivermectin to try and prevent and treat COVID?
While some may simply not want to get vaccinated and they may view ivermectin as a “good” alternative, those folks will either end up being lucky (when they get better on their own) or very disappointed (when they get very sick).
Ivermectin has not been shown to be safe or effective at preventing or treating COVID.
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