Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni
Hi, good evening doc. Lately, i heard that ivermectin can treat covid-19 and prevent from covid-19 death, is that true? I just found out that this drug is available online. Or do i need a doctor's prescription before using ivermectin? thank you
Hi, good evening. Thank you for your questions.
We truly understand your concern about claims regarding the use of Ivermectin could treat COVID-19 infection, as well as to prevent COVID-19 death. We will try our best to help you.
For your information, Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug that is mostly used in veterinary medicine, especially in treating worm or parasite infestations. Many international studies regarding the efficacy of Ivermectin had limitations including small sample size, non-controlled study designs, or as add-on treatment. Plus, it has insufficient evidence to support the use of Ivermectin to treat COVID-19 infection.
The claims regarding the use of Ivermectin include conclusions only from preliminary reports of work without peer review, and the risk of bias assessment of studies.
In addition, The Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) has initiated a randomised clinical trial on Ivermectin and to evaluate its efficacy and safety among high risk COVID-19 patients. However, as of now, no data to prove the efficacy of Ivermectin. You are advised not to buy Ivermectin via online, or without a doctor’s prescription, to avoid any complications to your health.
If you are having any symptoms or suspect that you have been infected with COVID-19, please talk to us via an online consultation so that we can help you further.
We hope this answers your questions. Thank You