Local doctors advise against ivermectin for treating COVID

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Tuesday in an interview with News 12, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene made several claims about the use of ivermectin in treating COVID-19.

“Last week in Washington, studies from all over the world showing how effective Ivermectin is. Ivermectin has been around for decades. It’s proven to be safe and effective,” says Rep. Greene.

So, what do the studies on Ivermectin really say?

Dr. Mark Anderson, an infectious disease specialist with CHI Memorial, says it’s complicated.

“There have been studies published that suggest benefit, but the vast majority of them are not well conducted trials,” he says.

Dr. Jay Sizemore, another infectious disease specialist with Erlanger, agrees.

“What data there are available are not compelling enough to suggest that the risk outweigh the benefits,” says Dr. Sizemore.

And if you’re infected with COVID and are thinking about supplementing with ivermectin, both doctors suggest to think twice.

“There are other doctors who I really respect who think that it would be okay to try it, but I don’t – the risk is low, I’m just not convinced that it’s going to help,” says Dr. Anderson.

“We all want great therapies for COVID-19, but right now ivermectin is just not one of those therapies,” added Dr. Sizemore.

But that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t be proven to be a useful treatment with additional studies.

“You need a lot of patients to know whether something works with COVID, again because of that incredible variation in how it progresses in a given person. And so that does take time but those are underway and I would hope we’d get some early preliminary stuff from that by the end of this year or early next year,” explains Dr. Anderson.

“If the information changes, the collective knowledge changes, then certainly we will evolve with the times,” adds Dr. Sizemore.

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