Several experts are warning that ivermectin can cause liver damage.
Find out why it is so dangerous to self-medicate with ivermectin!
Can Ivermectin Cause Liver Damage?
Ivermectin is generally a well-tolerated drug. However, it has NOT been extensively used in human beings, because it has only been used to treat parasitic diseases which are not common in most parts of the world.
Even in countries where it is available for use in human beings, it is often prescribed as a single dose, and is not used over a long period of time.
Hence, its safety profile outside of the typical use cases in past decades is UNKNOWN.
Unfortunately, evidence is mounting that ivermectin can cause liver damage.
Some experts have started speaking out about this risk, and a few recent examples of liver damage caused by ivermectin.
Switzerland : Acute Liver Damage From Ivermectin
In 2006, a 20 year-old woman from Cameroon living in Switzerland developed severe hepatitis from a single dose of ivermectin.
She had no history of liver disease or viral hepatitis, and did not drink alcohol or take any other medications, over-the-counter products or herbals.
But after a month of receiving a single 15 mg dose of ivermectin, she complained of abdominal pain.
A liver biopsy was taken, and showed “acute hepatocellular necrosis, apoptotic bodies and lymphocytic lobular infiltrates“.
Her liver function tests showed markedly elevated serum aminotransferase, although she had no jaundice.
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Fortunately, she recovered and her liver function normalised within 3 months.
However, the acute liver damage she suffered was only caught because she received routine monitoring in Switzerland.
Without similar routine monitoring, such liver damage from ivermectin is likely to go unrecognised as mere “abdominal pain”.
Brazil : Liver Transplant + Hepatis From Ivermectin
Ivermectin was heavily used in Brazil, especially after it was heavily promoted by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
However, Brazilian experts are speaking out about the damage caused by use of ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19 in Brazil.
In February 2021, pulmonologist Frederico Fernandes, who is also President of the São Paulo Society of Pulmonology and Tisiology (SPPT), shared about his young patient who needed a liver transplant after self-medicating with 18 mg of ivermectin every day for a week.
Me solicitaram avaliação para uma paciente com hepatite medicamentosa.
Está a um passo de precisar de um transplante de fígado.
Ganha um troféu quem adivinhar qual medicação foi a culpada.
— Fred Fernandes (@FredLAFernandes) February 6, 2021
Hepatologist Paulo Bittencourt, who is President of the Brazilian Liver Institute of the Brazilian Society of Hepatology, stated that 27% of acute hepatitis or fulminant acute hepatitis in Brazil occurred as a result of medications, likely from the indiscriminate use of ivermectin.
He warned that taking ivermectin, chloroquine or azithromycin can lead to acute hepatitis. Even though it’s relatively rare, large-scale use by millions of people will lead to many cases of hepatitis.
Bittencourt himself recounted about a patient who used ivermectin every 15 days to prevent COVID-19. Even limited to bi-weekly use of ivermectin, his patient still developed nausea.
Raymundo Paraná, an expert in drug-induced liver injury and head of gastro-hepatology at the Federal University of Bahia in northeast Brazil, described how one of his patients came in with “clear symptoms of liver toxicity, with high levels of liver enzymes, yellowed eyes and dark urine” after taking “ivermectin, nitozoxanide and hydroxychloroquine“.
I’ve seen people taking pills once a week, three times a week, every day, three times a day.
Today, I saw a prescription recommending a dose 12 times higher than the dose that has been studied in humans.
South Africa : Liver Damage In 90% Of People Taking Ivermectin!
Dr. Emmanuel Taban – a leading pulmonologist in South Africa, recently wrote that two out of three COVID-19 patients who were admitted to his hospital were taking ivermectin.
Despite self-medicating with ivermectin, their condition worsened to the point they had to be hospitalised.
Even more worrying – he shared that some “90% of the patients using the drug presented with liver damage“.
Specifically, his patients were presenting with “deranged liver function tests“, which is a sign of liver damage.
He also shared examples of the type of ivermectin that his patients were using before they were admitted to his hospital for treatment.
Don’t Risk Liver Damage With Ivermectin
Ivermectin is currently being investigate in a number of clinical trials, to ascertain its safety and efficacy against COVID-19.
These trials are being conducted in hospitals, where volunteers are under constant monitoring. If they develop liver damage, doctors can quickly treat them.
This is not possible for those who are self-medicating at home using ivermectin.
So please don’t put your life at risk by taking ivermectin. Wait for clinical trials on ivermectin to complete, to determine its safety and efficacy against COVID-19.
There is already a proven way to protect yourself against COVID-19 – vaccines. Instead of self-medicating with ivermectin, GET VACCINATED!
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