Published on August 24, 2021

COVID-19 'Magic Pill' Can Be ToxicER staff running with a stretcher

I, like everyone else, was extremely concerned about COVID-19 and what it meant in the winter and spring of 2020. So much was unknown. I devoured anything I could find on the subject, and I was grateful that so many were looking at different approaches to this issue. We had very little with which to attempt to treat this disease. It was a frightening time for everyone. What we all wanted was one magic treatment that could take this awful disease away.

A host of treatments have been evaluated. Many have faded into the sidelines after thorough examination has proven them of no value in this battle. Ivermectin was one that was discussed early in the pandemic, and its proponents continue to encourage its use.

Despite having such amazing and wonderful treatments like antibody therapy and vaccines, we still have some who want a different “magic pill” treatment. To date there is not a good study showing the benefit of the drug Ivermectin over placebo. Even the creator of Ivermectin, Merck Pharmaceuticals, has said there is no data to suggest using Ivermectin to either treat patients with COVID-19 or to prevent the disease after exposure to COVID-19.

There are issues with toxicity of any drug, and Ivermectin is no different. A number of patients have come to the Emergency Room for illnesses related to toxicity from Ivermectin, and a few have even required hospitalization. In children, the risk of drug toxicity is even more of a concern.

I want to encourage parents to seek advice from your child’s pediatrician or primary care provider about any medical therapy for any disease, and this is no different. Our children are precious and wonderful blessings, and they deserve all the efforts we can take to make sure they are cared for in the best way possible.

People have required ER treatment and even hospitalization for illnesses related to toxicity from Ivermectin. In children, the risk is greater.