JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Poison Control Center has received reports of people using ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID infection.
The state health department made the announcement Friday in a letter to health professionals across Mississippi.
What is ivermectin?
The drug is often used to treat or prevent parasites in animals.
According to the FDA, ivermectin tablets are approved to treat people with some parasitic conditions.
However, the FDA has not approved its use in treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans.
According to the MSDH, at least 70% of the recent reports have been related to individuals ingesting livestock or animal formulations of the drug purchased at livestock supply centers.
Eighty-five percent of the callers had mild side effects, but one person was told to seek further evaluation due to the amount of ivermectin reportedly taken.
There have been no hospitalizations.
Patients are not to take any medications intended to treat animals and should only take the drug as prescribed by a doctor.
Some of the symptoms associated with ivermectin toxicity include rash, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, neurologic disorders, and potentially severe hepatitis requiring hospitalization.