Ivermectin Products Do Not Prevent or Treat COVID-19

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not authorized or approved the use of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 in humans or animals. The FDA approved ivermectin to treat infections in humans caused by some parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions like rosacea. American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) should be cautious about taking medication meant for animals as well as any advice suggesting it is safe or effective for use against COVID-19. 


During the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. poison control centers have reported that ivermectin dispensing retail pharmacies have increased, as has the use of veterinary products available over the counter.


Taking large doses or doses intended for animals is dangerous. It can result in overdose, causing serious harm, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure, dizziness, balance problems, seizures, coma, and even death. Ivermectin may increase the effects of other drugs that cause central nervous system depression, such as benzodiazepines and barbiturates.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory about Ivermectin, and the National Institutes of Health have determined there is currently insufficient data to recommend the drug for treating COVID-19.


The most effective way to prevent yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated. wear a mask, and follow other recommended prevention strategies. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing serious disease, hospitalizations, and death from COVID-19. Getting vaccinated is an Act of Love.


To learn more, please visit CDC’s Health Advisory on Reports of Severe Illness Associated with Use of Products Containing Ivermectin to Prevent or Treat COVID-19, and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19.