OKLAHOMA, Okla. (KOKI) — Coronavirus cases continue to surge across Oklahoma. As doctors deal with the increasing number of patients, some professionals are using a drug called Ivermectin to treat people battling the virus.
The drug has created a lot of controversy. The FDA has not approved Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID, but Ivermectin can be prescribed for both animals and humans. While there have been warnings against purchasing Ivermectin from feed stores, some doctors are prescribing doses of the drug. It is not illegal for them to do so.
FOX23 spoke with a woman who recently tested positive for COVID-19. At first, Raychel Johnson said she felt rundown. She and her husband came down with the virus. Eventually, Raychel said she felt as if she couldn’t breathe.
Her symptoms continued to get worse. Eventually her husband called doctors for help. “No one would help. No one would even tell us what to do. They just kept telling him: take Tylenol and stay home. He’s like, “it’s beyond Tylenol. She can’t breathe.’”
Raychel didn’t want to end up in a hospital on a ventilator. A friend suggested she call Dr. Randy Grellner, a family practitioner in Cushing. He says it didn’t feel right to tell patients to stay home and self-medicate with Tylenol.
Dr. Grellner and his colleagues began researching. They found the work of Dr. Pierre Kory, an MD who works with 2,000 other doctors and academics across the globe. Dr. Kory addressed the US Senate in December 2020. He says that Ivermectin is the solution.
Ivermectin is usually prescribed to treat parasitic infections in both animals and humans. Dr. Jennifer Rudd with Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is also doing research on COVID.
“What we are seeing with Ivermectin at this point and time, even though its still under investigation, is that it might show a lot of promise up front in a lab setting with antiviral properties, we see with inhibiting the viral replication. We’ve yet to really establish a good unbiased connection,” says Dr. Rudd.
Dr. Rudd says it is dangerous to take high doses of Ivermectin. A doctor will prescribe it for you based on your body weight.
After seeing the research, Dr. Grellner decided to try the drug with his patients. “I think that was a watershed event in my life, my practice, for the pandemic, and then, you felt like you had control. You had a little bit of control,” said Dr. Grellner.
He now prescribes Ivermectin with vitamins D, C, and zinc. Dr. Grellner says the drug stops the virus from replicating in the body.
Raychel and her husband are patients of Dr. Grellner. Raychel says the drug instantly lessened her symptoms. She believes it saved her life.
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