Ivermectin is a medicine used on animals. It’s a dewormer that works well on livestock. However, there’s an upsurge of Americans who see it as a way to fight the coronavirus. Ivermectin hasn’t been shown to be effective in combatting the pandemic. In a strange twist, individuals who’ve taken it and gotten sick are being kicked out of hospitals and being sent to veterinarians for treatment.
In some cases, people have ingested ivermectin-containing products purchased without a prescription, including topical formulations and veterinary products. Veterinary formulations intended for use in large animals such as horses, sheep, and cattle (e.g., “sheep drench,” injection formulations, and “pour-on” products for cattle) can be highly concentrated and result in overdoses when used by humans. Animal products may also contain inactive ingredients that have not been evaluated for use in humans. People who take inappropriately high doses of ivermectin above FDA-recommended dosing may experience toxic effects.
Clinical effects of ivermectin overdose include gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Overdoses are associated with hypotension and neurologic effects such as decreased consciousness, confusion, hallucinations, seizures, coma, and death. Ivermectin may potentiate the effects of other drugs that cause central nervous system depression such as benzodiazepines and barbiturates.
The article points out there is no evidence that the compound is effective against the coronavirus and that people are finding the drug online, at pharmacies, and stores that sell livestock supplies.
Sent To The Vet
Dr. Andrew Canard heads the medical team at Wellborn Road Veterinary Medical Center. He’s been serving pets, livestock, and wild animals for decades. He’s never had people show up and ask for help until a few days go. And now they keep coming.
An exhausted Dr. Canard had this to say on the crisis.
There are just so many hospital beds to go around. Some of those beds are for people who’ve suffered heart attacks, strokes, or some other sort of medical emergency. And then there’s the worldwide pandemic. ICUs and ERs are full of the unvaccinated who have COVID. Now, there are people poisoning themselves with ivermectin. Hospitals are full. Where else are they going to send the idiots?
The American Veterinarian Association of America (AVAA) noted that vets aren’t the ideal option but under the circumstances, they will do what needs to be done.
Pet owners are not happy. Many feel their animals are being crowded out and can’t see their regular doctor because their unvaccinated neighbors are creating chaos. “If Biscuit can’t see her doctor, then I’m going to drag a few Covidiots to get vaccinated. Enough is enough,” one anonymous cat dad said.
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