Podcast host Joe Rogan informed fans this week that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and has taken ivermectin, an anti parasitic, to attempt to treat the virus.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against use of ivermectin as it is often used in the US to treat or prevent parasites in animals.

In a statement warning people not to use ivermectin to treat Covid-19, the FDA said:

“The FDA has received multiple reports of patients who have required medical support and been hospitalized after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses.”

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Joe Rogan takes Ivermectin after Covid diagnosis

Joe Rogan informed fans this week that he has tested positive for Covid-19. In a video uploaded onto social media, the podcast host said:

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“I got tested and it turns out I got Covid. So we immediately threw the kitchen sink at it, all kind of meds, monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, Z-pack, prednisone, everything.”

Following reports that people were taking Ivermectin to treat Covid-19, the FDA released a statement warning against use of the drug.

The FDA explained that they have “not approved ivermectin for use in treating or preventing Covid-19 in humans.”

They said:

“Ivermectin tablets are approved at very specific doses for some parasitic worms, and there are topical (on the skin) formulations for head lice and skin conditions like rosacea. Ivermectin is not an anti-viral (a drug for treating viruses).”

The FDA also warned that taking large doses of the drug is “dangerous” and can cause “serious harm.”

Ivermectin, 3 mg tablet, as sold in the USA. Brand name: Stromectol, manufactured by Edenbridge Pharmaceuticals.

Did Ivermectin win a Nobel Prize?

In 2015, William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of avermectin.

The press release reads:

“William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura discovered a new drug, Avermectin, the derivatives of which have radically lowered the incidence of River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis, as well as showing efficacy against an expanding number of other parasitic diseases.”

In the 1970s, researchers at Merck & Co. received a culture of the soil bacterium Streptomyces avermitilis from Ōmura Satoshi, from the Kitasato Institute in Japan.

In 1975, Merck discovered avermectin, which existed as several compounds. After purifying avermectin, they subjected the compound to structural modification which produced ivermectin.