JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - At least two people have been hospitalized with potential ivermectin toxicity after they ingested the livestock formula of the drug.
That’s according to the Poison Control Center and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH).
Last Friday, the MSDH warned against the use of ivermectin in preventing or treating COVID-19.
According to the MSDH, the Mississippi Poison Control Center had received reports of people using ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID infection.
At least 70% of the reports were related to individuals ingesting livestock or animal formulations of the drug purchased at livestock supply centers.
On Friday, the MSDH had not received any reports of hospitalizations. But Monday’s update confirmed at least two hospitalizations.
"You should not take any medicine to treat or prevent COVID-19 unless it has been prescribed to you by your health care provider and acquired from a legitimate source," per Monday's update from the MSDH.
The MSDH provided the following tips:
- Don’t take ivermectin intended for animals to prevent or treat COVID-19 (or any animal medications).
- Livestock ivermectin is highly concentrated, is toxic to people, and can cause serious harm.
- You should not take any medicine to treat or prevent COVID-19 unless it has been prescribed to you by your health care provider.
- There are safe and effective medications to prevent and treat COVID-19 infection such as getting vaccinated or asking your doctor about monoclonal antibody treatment if you test positive for COVID-19.
Ivermectin is often used to treat or prevent parasites in animals.
According to the FDA, ivermectin tablets can be used to treat humans with some parasitic conditions. However, the FDA has not approved its use in treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans.