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Expert says you don’t rely on ivermectin to treat COVID-19

FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) — A controversial drug is making headlines again after Green Bay Quarterback Aaron Rogers approved it to treat COVID-19. In a clinical study, the antiparasitic pill Ivermectin was not found to be an effective treatment.

When the pandemic first hit, researchers began testing various drugs to find a cure. Treatments for HIV, rheumatoid arthritis and ivermectin were tested to see if they effectively treated COVID-19.

“Across the board, all of these recycled drugs have not helped COVID-19,” said infectious disease expert Dr. Avish Nagpal.

He said Ivermectin looked like an effective treatment in one trial, but the study authors recently retracted their findings.

“It turned out that the data was questionable in the clinical trial, so we can’t rely on that data anymore,” said Dr. nagpal.

That didn’t stop athletes like Aaron Rogers and celebrities like Joe Rogan from continuing to promote it.

“Disinformation is also a pandemic that we are dealing with,” said Dr. Nagpal, “I think that’s a bigger problem right now than it actually is compared to the pandemic. We have vaccines and treatments that can help most people, if not all of them.”

dr. Nagpal said that if people rely on Ivermectin to help their COVID-19 symptoms, they could be missing the window to get the treatment that works.

“They’re coming to us and it’s too late for the monoclonal antibodies,” explained Dr. Nagpal out.

A number of people responded to a VNL Facebook post writing that they were taking the antiparasitic drug to treat their COVID-19 symptoms. One woman said that after five days of taking the drug, her COVID-19 symptoms subsided and she recovered.

dr. Nagpal said people should no longer rely on unproven drugs.

“Being popular doesn’t always mean it works,” said Dr. Nagpal, “We have better drugs that have been shown to work.”

Ivermectin is used in humans to treat infections caused by some parasitic worms and head lice. dr. Nagpal said any drug taken for an inappropriate reason can cause harm. He said Sanford Health is advising its doctors not to prescribe it to their patients as a COVID-19 treatment.

People also confuse Ivermectin with the animal form of the same name. One person told Valley News Live that she has not been able to get the treatment for her horses because it has sold out at the feed store.

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