Ivermectin for long haulers
Ivermectin is part of the FLCCC's I-RECOVER protocol (as of Jan 19, 2021): https://covid19criticalcare.com/covid-19-protocols/i-recover-protocol/
Some patients report a noticeable reduction of symptoms while they are on the drug. However, their symptoms come back if they discontinue ivermectin. Others report that the drug does nothing for them.
Because ivermectin has been used in humans for decades, its safety track record is fairly well-established.
Mainstream media tends to spread misinformation about ivermectin, occasionally referring to the drug as “horse dewormer”. The drug has been used in both humans and horses. The drug is FDA approved for humans (Stromectrol, Soolantra) and is on the WHO list of essential medicines.
The academic literature has some papers saying that the drug may not necessarily be safe in pregnant women. You may wish to do your own research to figure out whether or not the drug is safe for pregnancy. Chris Martenson has a deep dive into the drug’s safety on Youtube. He argues that the drug is safe in pregnant women because it has been used widely in pregnant mothers without issues.
As with any drug, there can be side effects. WebMd has a list of side effects. Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:
- neck/back pain
- swelling face/arms/hands/feet
- chest pain
- fast heartbeat
- loss of consciousness.
Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction.
You may be less likely to die from ivermectin than Tylenol. The WHO’s side effect reporting database can be accessed at vigiAccess.org. Deaths are reported under Adverse Drug Reactions –> General disorders. Ivermectin has 21 deaths associated with it while Tylenol has 3811, Remdesivir has 557, and Covid vaccines have 10578. (These deaths may be caused by the drug but aren’t necessarily caused by the drug. There are many deaths where doctors aren’t sure about the cause of death.)
Veterinary ivermectin can contain problematic ingredients, so please research it carefully.
How to get ivermectin
United States 🇺🇸
There are at least 2 telemedicine services whose doctors will prescribe ivermectin, e.g. Push Health and MyFreeDoctor.com.
Americans can use the GoodRX website to lower the cost of their prescription.
Option A: The Canadian Covid Care Alliance has setup a telehealth service that is not covered by free healthcare. https://www.covidtelehealth.ca/contact-queue/ Currently, the telehealth service does NOT "offer treatment for vaccine injury or long covid (although we do hope to offer those services later in 2022)".
Option B: Many online resellers/pharmacies will not ship to Canada (e.g. Mexipharmacy, India-based pharmacies / resellers). Try OkDermo.com (Malaysia)
Many doctors do not want to prescribe ivermectin because health authorities raided the offices of one doctor (Mark Hobart) and seized medical records. https://www.themandarin.com.au/174784-health-department-orders-raid-on-doctor-suspected-of-falsifying-covid-vaccine-exemptions/
India-based sellers such as MedicineVilla.com and those listing on Indiamart.com likely ship to Australia.
Some countries like Mexico sell the drug over the counter. If you are within driving distance, this is one of the easiest options.
Another good option is to get a prescription from a doctor. The FLCCC website has a directory of doctors that are friendly to the protocol. However, you will also need to find a pharmacy willing to fill the prescription. If you have problems, the FLCCC website has a list of online pharmacies that will fill your script.
You can search the r/ivermectin subreddit for the name of your country for country-specific details on obtaining ivermectin.
Another option is to buy veterinary ivermectin. While it is cheap and often does not require a prescription, some websites like FarmersFarmacy will cancel your order if they see that you are using a non-rural address. There may also be ivermectin shortages due to supply/demand. Rural stores like Tractor Supply will sell horse paste if you are willing to drive hours to get ivermectin on short notice.
You can buy ivermectin from foreign countries like India, e.g. Indiamart.com, medicinevilla.com. However, one researcher found that all of the pills he sourced from India contained undisclosed active ingredients- see this paper. The paper states that Biomec12 from Bangladesh did not contain undisclosed active ingredients.
Indian sellers often do not ship to certain developed countries such as Canada, Germancy, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. One online reseller has a list of countries here: https://www.alldaychemist.com/do-not-ship
The FLCCC website has a list of online pharmacies that will sell ivermectin without a prescription. However, many of those websites don’t state the brand of generic ivermectin being sold and its country of origin. A Mexican pharmacy called MedixPharma/MexiPharmacy sells ivermectin made in Mexico.
Veterinary ivermectin can sometimes be much cheaper and/or easier to obtain. However, there is currently a shortage of veterinary ivermectin in the Canada and US that makes it more difficult to purchase. Human ivermectin may be more compelling because it is less suspect and can be much easier to obtain.
Veterinary ivermectin is regulated differently and is NOT the same as regular human ivermectin. The filler ingredients are different than human ivermectin.
Do not buy anything with “Gold”, “plus”, “extra”, “super”, or “pour on” in the name- these contain ingredients that you should not be eating. For example, ivermectin is often combined with another anti-parasite drug and there is no need for you to take that other drug.
If you only want a few or several doses of veterinary ivermectin, horse paste is a good choice. Some manufacturers disclose the ingredients to their product. You can find safety sheets for a particular brand by doing a web engine search for brand name + list of excipients. Here are some brands that are relevant:
- Bimectin horse paste is available in US and Canada. Ingredients list here: ivermectin, Maize Oil, Polysorbate 80, Apple Flavour, Silica Colloidal Anhydrous.
- Eqvalan is available in the US and Canada. Ingredients list here: Ivermectin, Titanium dioxide (E171), Hyprolose, Hydrogenated castor oil, Propylene glycol
- Nexmectin is available in the UK. Nexmectin ingredients are: ivermectin, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Titanium Dioxide (E171), Propylene Glycol.
All of these ingredients are used in human food except for ivermectin.
The injectable version (for eating, NOT injection)
Another veterinary option is the injectable form of ivermectin, which can be cheaper if you are buying large quantities of ivermectin. It is less convenient than human pills and horse paste.
Injectable ivermectin usually contains an ingredient that sees very little use in humans: glycerol formal. It is used in a single human medicine (Apotel). You probably should not ingest glycerol formal if you are pregnant as it may be teratogenic- we have very little experience with it in humans. Like alcohol, glycerol formal causes birth defects in test animals in high doses.
This ivermectin will come in a bottle designed to be used with syringes, so buy a box of 3mL to 25mL syringes. Any gauge and needle length should be fine. This Youtube video demonstrates aseptic technique for getting the liquid out of the bottle. You can buy rubbing/cleaning alcohol at dollar stores like Dollarama and at pharmacies. For sharps disposal, use any plastic jug/bottle and store used syringes there. If you want, you can take used syringes to a place that disposes biohazardous waste for free (e.g. a pharmacy).
Some veterinary ivermectin comes in a bottle that is not designed for aseptic technique. You may find it helpful to remove the inner cap so that you can insert a syringe all the way into the bottle.
Ingredients in injectable ivermectin
- Ivomec Classic (data sheet)
- Ivomec by Merial / Boehringer Ingelheim (data sheet)
- Bimeda / Bimectin Injection (data sheet)
- Promectin (webpage)
- Panomec Injection (data sheet)
contain Glycerol formal, Propylene Glycol, and Ivermectin.
- Noromectin (data sheet)
contains Thiodipropionic acid, N-propyl gallate, Disodium edetate, Glycerol Formal, Polyethylene Glycol / Macrogol 200
Both human and veterinary ivermectin contain potential allergens, which are listed below.
- Ivermectin - If you turn out to be allergic to ivermectin, you should probably stop using it.
- Wheat, corn starch - occasionally found in human medications, which often do not disclose their ingredients. Horse pastes contain vegetable oils like maize oil, which is like corn. Stromectol, ivermectin made by Merck, contains contains pregelatinized maize starch and is gluten free according to this webpage.
- Propylene Glycol - found in some horse pastes and injectable veterinary ivermectin. Also found in salad dressing, which may help you figure out your allergies.
- Polyethylene Glycol and polysorbate - Found in some vaccines, horse pastes, and injectable ivermectin. Also found in some cosmetics and in constipation treatments for children.
- Vaccines - Some vaccines like the mRNA COVID vaccines contain polyethlene glycol, so see the previous information on that chemical.
Figure out your target dosage based on a protocol such as the FLCCC I-RECOVER protocol for long haul. A dosage calculator is available through this Google sheet. Simply go to File –> Make a Copy and then enter in your weight and target dosing.
Example: for horse paste and the most common dosage (0.2mg/kg), you would use your weight and follow the weight markings on the tube of horse paste.