More and more drugs such as ivermectin have been in the news recently as scientists and researchers work on finding treatments for COVID-19. However, when a drug is identified as having potential, what guidelines do pharmacists and doctors follow?
That’s where organizations like the Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (or the FLCCC) come in. The FLCCC was formed in early 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic and has been actively developing a treatment protocol for both the prevention of COVID-19 and the treatment of infected patients. They refer to these protocols as I-MASK+.
It is important to note that no set guidelines have been approved by the U.S. FDA, and dosing recommendations from the FLCCC may change as more research advances. As a preventative measure for high-risk individuals, the recommended dose is 0.2mg/kg of ivermectin, in this order:
- One dose on day 1 and day 3
- One dose weekly for 10 weeks
- One dose every 2 weeks after that
As treatment after COVID-19 exposure, the recommended dose is just 0.2mg/kg of ivermectin, with one dose on day 1 and day 3. Overall, it is also recommended to take the following vitamins and over-the-counter medications as a preventative measure:
- Vitamin D3: 1,000 – 3,000 IU/day
- Vitamin C: 1,000 mg, 2x a day
- Quercetin: 250 mg/day
- Zinc: 50 mg/day
- Melatonin: 6 mg before bedtime
I-MASK+ also includes guidelines for patients that are recovering from COVID-19. For ivermectin, one dose of 0.2 mg/kg on day 1 and day 3 is recommended. Additionally, the protocol states the following:
- Vitamin D3: 4,000 IU/day
- Vitamin C: 2,000 mg, 2x – 3x a day
- Quercetin: 250 mg 2x a day
- Zinc: 100 mg/day
- Melatonin: 10 mg before bedtime
- Aspirin: 325 mg/ day
This treatment is not for serious cases or patients who have been hospitalized. For those cases, the FLCCC has a separate set of guidelines that can be viewed on their website.
Additionally, these guidelines should only be followed when recommended and under the guidance of your doctor and/or pharmacist. It is not recommended to follow these without medical supervision, and it is important to make sure none of these recommendations conflict with other drugs you are taking or medical conditions you may have.
If you’re curious about ivermectin and other medications under investigation as COVID-19 treatments, you can read our blog posts here:
Should I take tocilizumab and sarilumab to treat COVD-19?
What You Need to Know About Ivermectin and COVID-19
More Common Questions about Ivermectin, Answered