Note: Some readers have been confused by this article. It is meant to be sarcastically funny and tongue in cheek. For the record: I think ivermectin is very safe; given the low risk vs potentially high benefit I think the evidence is in favor of its use for COVID-19, and my experience with over 4000 recovered COVID cases has confirmed that. The aim here was to poke fun at the patently ridiculous reasons the establishment has for discouraging its use. I had fun writing it and hope some of you manage to get a laugh out of it.
Ivermectin: Devil’s drug.
Bad doctors in the US are writing 88,000 off-label prescriptions a week for Ivermectin to prevent and treat COVID-19, but that is wrong because you are not supposed to take it off-label for COVID-19.
The CDC, the FDA, the American Medical Association and American Pharmacists Association are strongly warning against its use.
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Ivermectin does have a 40 year history of safe use at low doses to treat parasites and scabies and some studies have shown it is very safe at very high doses for prolonged periods of time, but it is still a dangerous drug, because some people have overdosed on a horse version of ivermectin and had to call poison control for things like nausea and dizziness.
In fact, due to all the misinformation spreading about ivermectin, hundreds of desperate people in every state have taken the horse version of ivermectin without consulting a doctor and ended up calling poison control when it made them sick. Thankfully their own doctors had refused to prescribe the human version of ivermectin because they had been warned by the American Medical Association, so those good doctors won’t be held liable for their silly patients’ misinformed choices.
The American Medical Association sent out a warning to doctors saying that at extremely high doses ivermectin can cause coma, paralysis and death. This can also be caused by very high doses of any drug, so you should never take any drug in extremely high doses.
This can also happen with water, it’s called water intoxication – don’t ever drink an extremely large amount of water really fast. It could kill you. In regular amounts water is fine, it can even be healthy for you to drink water, just avoid toxic doses at all costs.
Some misinformation gurus state that there are more than 60 positive studies in more than 20 thousand patients that have been done around the world studying ivermectin for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19.
This is wildly inaccurate misinformation because the CDC and FDA say we can’t trust those studies. Some of the studies may have been faked, others were not up to our high standards for clinical research because there was no funding for the independent researchers that put them together.
Some good and bad meta analyses have also been done of the ivermectin studies. A meta analysis is a study combining lots of other studies and it’s considered the gold standard of clinical research, but only when the studies it is studying are of good quality.
The results seen in the various meta analyses that were done depend on which studies were included and which ones were thrown out for not being good enough.
The best meta analyses of ivermectin that were done threw out some large poorly done studies that incorrectly showed ivermectin was very effective and because of that they arrived at the correct answer which is that ivermectin doesn’t work at all for COVID-19.
Thank God we have reputable researchers who can be trusted to select only the good studies from all the studies that were done.
Why were there so many low quality studies of ivermectin? Well it takes millions of dollars to fund good quality studies that pass muster at the top medical journals, which is why good studies are usually only done by large pharmaceutical companies with billion dollar balance sheets.
The pharmaceutical companies spend a lot of money to get those good studies into all the top medical journals and then spend a lot more money to have them mailed out to all the doctors in the US so they know that a top notch study was published. The medical journals also make a lot of money publishing these studies and providing reprints. Some of them make millions of dollars a year doing that.
The pharmaceutical companies then make billions of dollars selling the medications that were proven to work by their top notch studies.
Our healthcare system doesn’t have a good way to study old drugs that might work for new conditions, because there isn’t much money to be made in selling off label, off patent drugs.
But sometimes a pharmaceutical company figures out a way to make it work. One example is colchicine. It has lots of side effects that limit its use, but it was still used off label for gout for 30 years, because gout is extremely painful and patients are willing to put up with lots of bad side effects when it means they won’t be in excruciating pain.
An enterprising pharmaceutical company came along about 10 years back and spent many millions of dollars to prove to the FDA that colchicine really did work for gout by publishing some good quality studies.
After colchicine was approved, the company was able to jack up the price a whole lot. This was great for the companies stock price and the shareholders, but for people with gout it wasn’t that great, especially if the drug wasn’t covered by their insurance and they had to pay out of pocket 10 times more than they used to pay.
Still it was all worth it because the drug was FDA approved for gout after being used off label for 30 years!
Anyway getting back to the topic at hand, the long and short of it is that according to the CDC and FDA ivermectin is too dangerous to use for COVID-19.
I can’t say it enough: stay away from this drug. It could kill you if you overdose on it (don’t forget to avoid overdosing on water too).
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If you catch COVID-19 you should strictly follow the CDC guidelines: stay home and isolate yourself, unless you can’t breathe, in which case you should go to the hospital. If your oxygen level turns out OK they will usually send you back home, even if you still feel like you can’t breathe.
But not to worry you can try laying on your belly and taking deep breaths, it’s called “proning” and some people say it helps you get air to the back of your lungs and helps you feel better. It hasn’t been put through any good quality studies to prove it works though, so you could say it’s an off-label breathing technique, but that’s OK, because you don’t need a prescription for a breathing technique. As long as you don’t do something silly like overeating which could cause you to throw up and choke while you’re laying on your belly you should be fine.
If you have a fever while you have COVID-19 you can take Tylenol, which although it is not approved for COVID-19 specifically, is approved for fevers. You have to be careful with Tylenol though, as it’s the leading cause of liver failure in the US. That makes it a pretty dangerous drug, but it’s OK because it’s FDA approved for fevers, so just be sure you have a fever and then take it according to the directions and be careful that you don’t take other combo cold medications that have Tylenol in them and inadvertently end up overdosing on Tylenol and giving yourself liver failure.
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Also just so you know, if you happen to have scabies while you have COVID-19 then it actually would be safe to take Ivermectin, otherwise you should never consider it, because it’s not approved for COVID-19 and it is dangerous at the high doses used by some disreputable physicians.
Scabies is not dangerous at all, but it is really really itchy and severely annoying. It’s OK to use ivermectin for scabies even though it’s off label, because it might work for scabies based on 2 small studies that were done once upon a time, and doctors have seen that when they give ivermectin to someone with scabies they tend to get better pretty fast and if they don’t give it for scabies they don’t get better at all. So in this case we can trust physicians’ judgement even without good studies to back it up because scabies isn’t life threatening.
Some doctors mistakenly think they see similar patterns with off label medications like ivermectin used for COVID-19.
But those doctors are wrong and the CDC is right.
So spread the word far and wide. Tell everyone you know and love to avoid ivermectin like the plague and if you or a loved one has been harmed by one of those evil online doctors that are writing 88,000 prescriptions of ivermectin every week for COVID-19, do your civic duty and rat them out to your state medical board immediately!
Thank you for this birthday present. It is actually my 42nd birthday today and I was researching telemedicine options here in TX in case my wife and I need it regarding early C19 treatment. I checked out your site and stumbled upon your article, penned today…my birthday! And I am a notable fan of irony so naturally, I have grand admiration for this piece and great respect for its author. Thank you for this timely birthday gift.
Keep it up Dr. Haider and team.
My pleasure and happy belated birthday!
Thank you Dr Haider for your compassion and courage.
I can not believe what we are witnessing in the so called free world.
Stay strong and trust in God and the Truth will set you free.
You’re very welcome Mrs McDermott. These times are a test.
Thank you Dr. Haider…..Their plans will not work. It will backfire on those individuals. You on the other hand and other Doctors are the “REAL ” deal and want to help people get well and stay out of the hospital…Nothing wrong with HCQ or ivermectin…..God Bless you!!!
You’re welcome and God bless.
Huh? Seriously? Was this “tongue-in-cheek”?
Yeah, of course.
Sigh! I’m sorry. I appreciated the wit, such a well-written piece. But the article’s end gave me the impression that you’ve been fighting alligators while trying to keep people alive. Thank your for your courage and all that you do.
Your sardonicism is as effective as Swift’s Modest Proposal. 🙂
All this is starting to wear on many peoples nerves. And if it wasn’t for people like you, I would not have taken Ivermectin when I got covid. I keep wondering why nobody is talking about those who die in the hospital from covid, Did they get treated when they first got covid or did they wait until they were blue and then go to the hospital? and what should a treatment be for anybody who gets covid?
Propaganda has been extremely effective, first there was a media blackout and then smear campaign. The majority of people either don’t know about it, or they know what they’ve been told by the sources they still (inexplicably) trust. The core protocol for anyone who doesn’t have some unusual contraindication or cross reacting medication is ivermectin, fluvoxamine and a budesonide inhaler. There are other meds that are ancillary.
Very entertaining. It made my day. Evil people are all around us claiming they are here to help us.
I love this! Keep doing what you do.
Such a clear grasp of great information. With much gratitude I appreciate such dedication and the sophisticated humor. We must smile and you too must rest. Many Blessings
Just wait; the Good Doctors will be eager to prescribe Merck’s Good Medicine, regardless of lack of long term safety data, or even short term efficacy data nearly as good as Merck’s Bad Medicine (ivermectin). Good Journalists and Good Patients and Good Hospitals and Good Bureaucrats will fall right in line as well.
I graduated top in my pharmacy school class before going to med school (top 5% there) so roll my eyes when some newly-minted pharmacy graduate presumes to tell ME what is ok to prescribe. Mindless protocol following is what leads to disaster.
Absolutely right. Paint by numbers, algorithmic medicine. Perfectly designed for AI to take over and push humans entirely out of the loop. It works for acute and chronic disease care, but not so well for healthcare that needs a human touch. And protocols are only as good as their assumptions.
I’m sensing you’re just being funny but I’m really not sure if you are for or against ivm
Yes, I’m joking. Some readers weren’t quite sure what I was getting at, which is why I began with the definition of irony. You can also see my other articles on COVID treatment: https://drsyedhaider.com/category/covid-19