Ivermectin can be used to treat COVID-19?

Updated: Aug 4, 2021

The current Ivermectin in Malaysia is for animal use and there is insufficient data to prove its safety in human use. Do not self-medicate by taking Ivermectin products intended for animals. Consult your healthcare professionals to understand more!



What is Ivermectin?

It is an Anti-parasitic drug commonly used in animals, especially treating worm infestations.


Can Ivermectin Treat COVID-19?

The evidence is inconclusive to recommend routine use of Ivermectin for COVID-19.


The FDA has not approved Ivermectin for use in treating or preventing Covid-19 in humans. WHO only recommends the use of Ivermectin in the setting of clinical trials, in which patients are monitored closely by experienced clinicians and researchers for safety and efficacy. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Noor Hisham Director General Ministry of Health Malaysia


What Happens in an Ivermectin Overdose?

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Allergic Reactions

  • Dizziness

  • Seizures

  • Coma

  • Death



Is Malaysia Using Ivermectin to Treat COVID-19?

No. Ministry of Health Malaysia and the Institute for Clinical Research (ICR) have started clinical trials to study the use and efficacy of Ivermectin for high-risk Covid-19 patients. The study is expected to be completed by September 2021.



Why We Should Not Take Medicine Without Approval For Human Use?

There are differences in formulation for human and animal use. The current Ivermectin in Malaysia is for animal use and there is insufficient data to prove its safety in human use. Moreover, the safe and effective dosing for Ivermectin is not established yet.





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