Everyone is talking about using Ivermectin for COVID, but I was hesitant. Is it safe? After dealing with COVID symptoms for 3 weeks, I was inquisitive and beginning to feel desperate. When would I start feeling normal again? I consulted with another friend of mine who is a doctor. I found out he gave it to his mother and she had a full recovery within 24 hours. What is this miracle drug? Will it work? Should I take it? Most importantly, how does it work?
Before starting Ivermectin I did hours and hours of extensive research. The chief of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Paul Marik, said that ivermectin “is a safe drug that is exceedingly cheap.” I decided to ask one more doctor friend and see if they also agreed. With 2 doctors that I personally knew giving me the green light and in a moment of desperation, I decided to go ahead, but I would start using it topically for my COVID rash and see how it went. At this point, the benefits outweighed the risks.
The rash did not respond to hydrocortisone cream or Benadryl, it was actually spreading. Once I started applying Ivermectin to my abdomen, the rash started to decrease. Surprisingly, 2 days after applying Ivermectin topically, my energy levels were improving. Prior to using Ivermectin, I was asking, “When will my energy levels improve? Will I ever feel normal again?” Was the minimal absorption into my bloodstream (systemic absorption) from applying Ivermectin paste on my skin contributing to my recovery?
Covid skin rash is an indicator of the severity of illness. Skin rash is also a sign of a hyperimmune response as a result of COVID. I applied Ivermectin paste to my skin rash and it helped my symptoms.
My primary care is still hesitant to prescribe experimental research treatments, so I purchased Duramectin 1.87% for horses. Many use this paste for rosacea without side effects.
At this point, I was over 3 weeks into the virus. I was exhausted and tired of dealing with COVID. As I said, I felt desperate. The virus’s effects were lingering on and on. What would be the long term effects of the virus on my body? I know other healthcare workers who are just now back to normal energy levels after 2-3 months. My friend’s husband is still fatigued and works part-time hours 6 months after COVID.
I decided to dig in a little bit deeper before making a final decision to take Ivermectin orally. Ivermectin paste is given for rosacea. Ivermectin oral tablets are given to treat scabies, river blindness, and some types of diarrhea. This medication has been around since the 1970s, making me feel much safer taking it. I did not discover any major side effects reported within the 50 years Ivermectin was used. I felt reassured.
I still want to know how it will work in my body before taking it orally. After hours of research, I discovered that research presents theories of how Ivermectin works, but they are not 100% sure. How does Ivermectin work as an antiviral? In theory, they believe it attaches to the beta 1 heterodimer, preventing the COVID virus from entering the cells. I know, I know, what does that even mean?
Here is a silly explanation of how researchers believe Ivermectin works against COVID. Imagine COVID as an intruder in your body. The COVID intruder wants to go inside the cells of your body. Well, Ivermectin is the security gate for your cells. When you put a security gate at the entrance points of the cells, COVID can not get inside. When COVID is blocked, our body can attack it and eliminate the virus.
When Ivermectin is not there, COVID is not blocked from going inside our cells. Once the virus is inside our cells, it can destroy the cell and make copies of itself. Now there are even more COVID invaders around to destroy cells and continue replicating themselves. With so many COVID invaders inside your body, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive, creating a hyperimmune response.
I was still hesitant. I determined what an accurate dose was for an adult would be based on body weight and diluted the paste into a less concentrated liquid form, easier to dose accurately. During anesthesia school they always said, “Start low, go slow!” and “You can always add more, but you can’t take it away.” Applying this thought process, I only took 1/4 of the recommended amount. Even though I only took a microdose, my energy level drastically improved overnight.
I did not have any side effects, so I repeated the same microdose the next day and a final dose on the third day. Incredible! In the end, I had all my energy back. I felt like my old self again. The rash did not spread anymore, but it was still visible. Day by day, my energy and stamina improved. Within a week of taking Ivermectin, my strength started to return. I did not want to rush my recovery and backslide again. Even though I felt stronger, I continued doing yoga for exercise and will progress slowly while the rash remains on my abdomen.
As long as a rash is present, I see this as a visual indication the inflammatory proteins are still circulating. How long do inflammatory proteins remain in our body after the virus is no longer present? Research shows these proteins linger around for at least a month after the virus is gone, but it could be longer. Yes, Ivermectin may potentially destroy the COVID virus, but the risk for side effects related to the inflammatory proteins is still a very real concern. You will still need to take a blood thinner (Aspirin 325mg or 81mg) daily for a minimum of 30 days. Blood clots are a serious risk after this virus, even if you take Ivermectin, and even if you do not have a visible rash.
I can not recommend anyone to use my methods to take Ivermectin orally, but you can ask your primary care provider for a prescription. I calculated a weight-based dose, but I have 3 years of doctorate anesthesia training and calculate weight-based doses for patients all the time.
Something to consider before taking Ivermectin, do you have asthma? If you have asthma, consult with your physician because it could make it worse. Ivermectin could affect the same receptors known to contribute to asthma symptoms. I have asthma, so I took my inhaler to counteract potential effects and I was fine.
We do not know exactly how it works, but it seems to be effective. I was impressed with my results. My energy was not improving at all until I took this drug. Would I take it again? Absolutely yes! It has been over a week since I took Ivermectin and I did not experience any negative side effects. I still have the COVID rash, but it did not spread. If anything changes, I will update you.
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