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BayCare Clinic in the News: Physicians warn against using ivermectin for COVID-19 prevention

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Dr. Christopher Painter of BayCare Clinic interviews via Zoom meeting with WBAY Channel 2 News.

Dr. Christopher Painter, an emergency medicine physician with BayCare Clinic, explained to WBAY Channel 2 News why self-medicating with ivermectin in hopes of preventing COVID-19 is discouraged.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has received multiple reports of patients who have required medical attention, including hospitalization, after self-medicating with ivermectin which is intended for livestock.

“Most common things you might see would be rashes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sometimes some swelling or even racing heart,” Painter says. “Can even be liver problems, because when studied for humans, it’s used many times at a lower dose than it would be for livestock.”

The interview aired Tuesday. It is available online. Watch it here.

Published: Wednesday, September 8, 2021