Covid patient hospitalized after overdosing on unproven drugs amid warnings about self-treatment with coronavirus ‘cure’ online
- A Covid patient tried to treat himself with a range of substances
- The doctor at Westmead Hospital said the patient had nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Ivermectin is not approved as a Covid treatment in Australia
- WHO warns against Covid use, but used as a treatment in some countries
A Covid patient who self-medicated with the drug Ivermectin and other alleged coronavirus drugs has been hospitalized after overdosing.
Westmead Hospital toxicologist associate professor Naren Gunja said the patient had reported to the hospital with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
‘Luckily they didn’t develop any serious toxicity, but it didn’t help their Covid either,’ said Dr Gunja in The Pulse, the website of the Western Sydney Local Health District.
Ivermectin is a drug used to control parasites such as head lice and scabies, and while it’s approved for Covid treatment in countries like India and Mexico, it’s not approved for that use in Australia.
The World Health Organization has warned against its use, saying its efficacy has not been proven.
Since Ivermectin is also used in concentrated form to treat heartworms in animals, there is a risk that people who buy that form of the drug online could easily take the wrong dose.
dr. Naren Gunja of Westmead Hospital (pictured) said the patient felt nauseous after taking an unproven drug called Ivermectin to treat Covid
dr. Gunja warned people not to search online for unproven cures and be guided by doctors and Australia’s drug safety watchdog, the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
‘There is no evidence to support the use of ivermectin for the treatment of Covid. Don’t look for magical remedies online and don’t rely on what’s being spread on the internet because none of them work,” he said.
Ivermectin has been promoted by anti-vaccination groups as an alternative Covid treatment and as a result, the TGA said it is being imported into Australia in increasing quantities.
‘Detections of ivermectin’ [being brought into Australia] have increased significantly, more than tenfold,” said a spokesman.
The TGA had warned against using Ivermectin (pictured) to treat Covid and said there could be some dangerous side effects
“The TGA strongly advises against self-medication and self-dosing with Ivermectin for COVID-19, as it can be hazardous to your health. There is insufficient evidence to validate the use of ivermectin in patients with COVID-19.
dr. Gunja said Westmead Hospital had also admitted other patients trying to treat Covid with a variety of dangerous products – including disinfectants and alcohol.
He also said patients had presented themselves after taking hydroxychloroquine – a malaria drug that was an approved treatment for Covid in the early stages of the pandemic in the US, before it was discontinued last April because it increased the risk of heart problems in those in the later stages of the virus.