Ivermectin - Wonder Drug? Not Really!



What Is Ivermectin?

  • Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug commonly used in animals.

  • Currently, Ivermectin is not approved for human use in Malaysia.

  • It is imperative for the public to understand that uncontrolled use of Ivermectin could cause side effects that might be damaging.


All Approved Ivermectin-containing Medications In Malaysia Is Only For Animal Use

  • Currently, there are over 20 ivermectin products registered in Malaysia, but they are only used in animals.

  • Animal drugs are often highly concentrated because they are used for large animals like horses and cows.

  • Such high doses can be highly toxic in humans.


What Happens In An Ivermectin Overdose?

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Allergic Reactions

  • Dizziness

  • Seizures

  • Coma

  • Death


No Human Use of Ivermectin Is Approved And Registered In Malaysia Yet

  • Ivermectin is a Group B poison that has not been registered in Malaysia for the use in Covid-19 treatment or prevention in humans.

  • Ivermectin has only been approved for off- label use for clinical trials.

  • Therefore, ivermectin cannot be prescribed by any doctors or compounded and dispensed by any pharmacists other than in the approved indication, as per the Health Ministry directive.


Widespread Illegal Sales Of Ivermectin In Malaysia

  • There are low-certainty evidence that ivermectin prophylaxis reduced Covid-19.

  • The illegal sales and purchase of ivermectin should be stopped immediately.

  • If an individual is caught selling ivermectin for the treatment or prevention of Covid-19, they can be fined from RM25,000 to RM50,000.


All Drugs Need To Be Vetted And Approved

  • All medicinal products in Malaysia, including imported medicines, must be registered with the Ministry of Health Malaysia before they can be sold or marketed to consumers.

  • There are many products in the market that are not registered. Some are parallel imported drugs.

  • Unapproved drugs can pose serious safety risks to patients.


Disclaimer: We do not sell this medication. This article is for educational purposes only and does not promote Ivermectin as a therapy beyond its indication by KKM. The article was written on 3rd August 2021 based on the current evidence. Please follow KKM guidelines for new updates.


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