TORONTO – Health Canada is reminding Canadians that ivermectin should not be used to treat or prevent COVID-19, as the Centers for Poison Control sees an increase in reports about the anti-parasitic drug in the summer months Is.

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In Latest information In a warning on its site, Health Canada states that ivermectin is authorized for human use as a prescription drug to treat parasitic worm infections. It is not authorized for use against COVID-19.

“There is no evidence that ivermectin works to prevent or treat COVID-19, and it is not authorized for this use,” Health Canada said.

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“Health Canada has not received any drug submissions or applications for clinical trials of ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.”

It states that prescription drugs should only be taken under the advice and supervision of a healthcare professional.

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Health Canada first issued a warning in August against taking ivermectin to treat COVID-19, after receiving reports that people were using veterinary ivermectin to treat and prevent COVID-19.

Health Canada states that veterinary ivermectin is approved for use in animals to prevent certain heartworm diseases and other parasites, but it can be dangerous to humans, especially if taken in high doses.

Health Canada states that side effects of taking veterinary ivermectin can include vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure, allergic reactions and, in severe cases, death.

“Canadians should never consume health products meant for animals because of the potentially serious health risks, including seizures, coma and even death.”

Scientists have been warning against taking ivermectin for COVID-19 since January 2021.