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Which side is right in the ivermectin debate?

In a surprisingly late stage of the COVID-19 pandemic a debate arose around the use of a drug called ivermectin for the treatment of the SARS-CoV-2 infection. Although ivermectin is a fairly young medication, developed for the treatment of parasite infestations in humans and animals, there are a few studies that have demonstrated the antiviral effects of this so called "wonder drug". However, most government healthcare bodies and major health organisations have asserted that this drug is not recommended for use against COVID-19, and some have expressed concerns that interest in drugs such as ivermectin may reduce the number of people seeking vaccination against the virus. While the rush to study the drug further has followed, the debate surrounding ivermectin became somewhat toxic in traditional media and on social media, as claims, quotes, and accusations were thrown around between doctors, politicians, policy advisers, pundits and even celebrities. Is this just a rehashing of the hydroxychloroquine debate earlier in the pandemic? Is ivermectin effective or totally useless against COVID? And why is there still no agreement on this question?
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No one is right or wrong in the ivermectin debate, there is only rapidly unfolding research and results must constantly be updated and revised with the progression of science and medicine, most don't appreciated that science offers few cemented truths, and few perfect drugs without side effects. While ivermectin is a wonder drug it is still a fairly new drug and its wider uses are still under investigation, and this includes its use as an antiviral. While studies have shown the drugs to have antiviral properties these are in vitro studies and they demonstrate that ivermectin can inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in doses larger that the current maximum safe dose for the drug. Following the confusion surrounding this debate, large scale studies are now underway in the US and the UK; based on current thinking though ivermectin is probably not an adequate prophylactic but may help with symptoms and transmissibility and this debate will be solved eventually, it just requires time more than anything…

msn.com/en-in/news/world/ivermectin-explained-why-the-anti-parasite-drug-has-emerged-in-covid-debate/vi-AAOxRhF nondoc.com/2021/08/26/ivermectin-a-medical-can-of-worms washingtonpost.com/health/2021/04/08/ivermectin-covid-drug

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Ivermectin works, proven efficacy

As the COVID-19 pandemic staggers on many have been left questioning the advice surrounding ivermectin and studies are showing some efficacy of the drug in the fight against COVID. The best metanalysis so far has shown that ivermectin is effective with a 62% probable reduction of death from moderate certainty evidence, and 86% protection from spread and effectiveness as a prophylactic gleaned from low certainty evidence. It has legitimate antiviral properties and the decision to use it should be down to the doctor caring for a patient, someone who is at the end of the day a trained medical professional and who is in the best position to weigh up the pros and cons of each treatment for their patient. Assertions of people being conspiracy theorists or “flat earthers” is shocking, when most are just demonstrating healthy scepticism over vaccine profiteering and the possibility of healthcare policy making public health and the pandemic worse. The health risks of ivermectin are mainly concerning neurotoxicity at high doses or in rare cases mild liver disease, in addition to some interaction with other medications, but as stated previously if this decision is made by a capable doctor these risks will be considered, this should be a doctor's decision, not the media's.

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Ivermectin is not useful against COVID-19

Despite the coronavirus pandemic threatening to put societies most vulnerable in the gravest of situations, some are still using possible therapeutic drugs as an alternative or even a reason to avoid vaccination; the media and the majority on social media are right to denounce such people. Many have claimed that ivermectin is more than an parasite drug, but it is in a family of drugs called avermectin, and the “verm” part of avermectin literally refers to “worms”, with “a” meaning 'without' and “vermis” meaning 'worm' in Latin. We have already seen people self-medicating during the COVID-19 pandemic, death and long-term health problems have been caused from overdosing on fish tank cleaner in sad attempts to self-administer hydroxychloroquine, a drug that was the subject of a similarly misleading narrative earlier in the pandemic. So following similar reports of people using ivermectin medications sold for animals in much larger doses than would be recommended for humans are justifiably concerning, and governments and healthcare bodies are right to denounce the use of ivermectin. Even the very few studies that have demonstrated some antiviral efficacy of the drug have demonstrated clear limitations, and the company that developed ivermectin, Merck, have also reiterated that there is no good evidence that ivermectin is effective against COVID-19, and that self-administration is unsafe.

mediamatters.org/fox-news/whats-getting-obscured-ivermectin-debate ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5446326 principia-scientific.com/how-the-false-hydroxychloroquine-narrative-was-created

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