BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- The Louisiana Department of Health strongly recommends against the use of Ivermectin for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19. Ivermectin is commonly used to treat animals for parasite prevention.

Ivermectin has not been approved by the FDA to use for COVID-19 cases. Ivermectin tablets are approved at very specific doses for some parasitic worms in humans, as well as topical treatments for head lice and skin conditions like rosacea. The FDA has received multiple reports of patients who have required medical support and been hospitalized after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses. Using any treatment for COVID-19 that is not approved or authorized by the FDA, unless part of a clinical trial, can cause serious harm. 

 “I know people are concerned about the Delta variant and our recent COVID surge and may have questions,” said Dr. Joseph Kanter. “Please beware of misinformation online including around ivermectin. The FDA has not approved or authorized ivermectin for preventing or treating cases of COVID-19. If you want to prevent COVID-19, get the COVID-19 vaccine. All three vaccines are safe and effective, all three were authorized by the FDA, and Pfizer was just approved by the FDA for those 16 years old and above.” 

Never use medications intended for animals on yourself. Ivermectin preparations for animals are very different from those approved for humans.