Ivermectin may significantly improve Global Health in MANY ways
Although my focus is currently on how Ivermectin works in combatting COVID-19. I wanted to start a post where I can keep notes on other research I find along the way. Although Ivermectin is proving amazing to combat COVID-19, and is a well-known as an antiparasitic drug, additional uses for Ivermectin and other Avermectin derivatives continue to be found. I’ll update this post as I find things but will most likely focus more on it after I’ve finished all my more-time-critical COVID-19 posts.
Ivermectin is a drug for the world’s poor
IVM is no longer patented (any chemist can make it, so it’s cheap as chips) and already more than 250 million people take it annually to combat pathogens and it’s widespread in some of the poorest countries as an antimalarial, river blindness treatment, and used for scabies and lice, as well as being a common animal antiparasitic. (01)
It’s readily-accessible over-the-counter in some countries, it’s cheap to make, and its long-term safety profile is already well researched and documented.
Ivermectin has shown promise in many other area health areas:
IVM may also significantly improve global health in MANY other areas:
Ivermectin is not only effective as an antiparasitic and against COVID-19, it’s also shown promise in many others areas including as an antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer agent: (02) (03) (04) (05)
Antibacterial (tuberculosis, Buruli ulcer)
Antiviral (HIV, dengue, encephalitis)
RNA Viruses (Zika, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile, Hendra, Newcastle, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, chikungunya, Semliki Forest, Sindbis, Avian influenza A, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, Human immunodeficiency virus type 1, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2)
DNA Viruses (Equine herpes type 1, BK polyomavirus, pseudorabies, porcine circovirus 2, bovine herpesvirus 1)
Anticancer (breast cancer, leukemia, glioblastoma, cervical cancer, gastric cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, melanoma, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, thyroid cancer, cholangiocarcinoma/bile duct cancer)
Antitumor (hepatoma, glioma, myeloma, neurofibromatosis tumors)
Neurological diseases (prevention of alcohol disorders, motor neurone disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
Metabolic related diseases (hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, hypertriglyceridemia, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, obesity, etc.)
Famesoid X receptor-mediated diseases (cholestasia, gallstones, non-alcohol fatty liver disease, atherosclerosis, inflammation, etc.)
Disease fighting potential - Myiasis, Trichinosis, Insects, Malaria, Leishmaniasis, African trypanosomiasis, ticks, schistosomiasis, bedbugs, Rosacea, Asthma, Epilepsy, and more.
I'll focus my attention on this a lot more after the COVID-19 series has completed. If you are interested in the meantime, you can do a search for any of the above on PubMed, Google Scholar, Nature, etc. to look up the latest research yourself.