Well, yeah, I mean, it is used as a medication for horses. But in discussions on this board about its use for treating COVID - and let me be clear, I think that use is idiotic - quite a few posters have referred to it as horse medication, veterinary medication, or similar, and seemed to think it’s inappropriate to use in humans. Which is just factually false.
It was originally developed as a veterinary medication. But it’s been approved for use in humans since 1988. It’s an FDA-approved anti-parastic, and is on the WHO’s List of Essential Medications. In the U.S. alone there were over 100,000 prescriptions a year for it pre-COVID. It’s been used by hundreds of millions of human beings to treat parasitic infestations.
The issue with using it to treat COVID isn’t that it’s “horse medicine”. It’s that it’s an anti-parasitic, and COVID is of course a virus. It’s an inappropriate treatment for the SARS-COV-2 virus. But it’s a perfectly appropriate treatment for many parasitic infections in humans.
Can we please stop objecting to its use in humans and/or ridiculing people for taking “horse de-wormer”?