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Joe Rogan COVID-19 treatment included controversial ivermectin remedy

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Jun 11, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; UFC announcer Joe Rogan during weigh ins for UFC 263 at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Legendary Ultimate Fighting Championship analyst Joe Rogan recently tested positive for COVID-19, and the long-time voice of UFC broadcasts was treated with a virus remedy that has been a source of a great deal of controversy.

On Wednesday, Rogan took to his Instagram account to inform fans that he recently tested positive for the deadly virus that has gripped the world in an ongoing pandemic for over a year. The news came following several shows the veteran comedian did on his comedy tour in Florida. Upon returning home on Saturday, Rogan realized something wasn't right.

Joe Rogan COVID-19 treatment included ivermectin

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“I got back from the road Saturday night feeling very weary,” Rogan said [h /t MMAFighting]. “I had a headache and I just felt just rundown. Just to be cautious, I separated from my family, slept in a different part of the house. Throughout the night, I got fevers and sweats and I knew what was going on. I got up in the morning, got tested and turns out I got COVID.”

It is unclear if the UFC broadcaster is vaccinated, but he has been an avid skeptic of the vaccine, vaccine mandates, and drew the ire of many, including politicians, when he recently questioned the usefulness of vaccines for young people.

In his video post, Rogan also explained how doctors at the hospital he visited in his home state of Texas treated his positive diagnosis. The medical staff "threw the kitchen sink at" the virus, and their treatment included the use of several different drugs. One of them being ivermectin, which has made headlines as a popular remedy that has shown little proof of effectiveness.

“So we immediately threw the kitchen sink at it. All kinds of meds. Monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, Z-pak, prednisone, everything. I also got a NAD drip and a vitamin drip and I did that three days in a row and so here we are on Wednesday and I feel great. I really only had one bad day,” Rogan said. “Sunday sucked. Monday was better, Tuesday felt better than Monday and today I feel good. I actually feel pretty f*cking good."

Why ivermectin is controversial

The US FDA has warned against the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19. Stating in a recent post on their site that, "FDA has not approved ivermectin for use in treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans," "Taking large doses of this drug is dangerous and can cause serious harm" and "Never use medications intended for animals on yourself. Ivermectin preparations for animals are very different from those approved for humans."

Here is an explanation of the uses for Ivermectin also via the FDA:

Ivermectin tablets are approved by the FDA to treat people with intestinal strongyloidiasis and onchocerciasis, two conditions caused by parasitic worms. In addition, some topical (on the skin) forms of ivermectin are approved to treat external parasites like head lice and for skin conditions such as rosacea. 

Some forms of ivermectin are used in animals to prevent heartworm disease and certain internal and external parasites. It’s important to note that these products are different from the ones for people, and safe when used as prescribed for animals, only.

The FDA has not reviewed data to support use of ivermectin in COVID-19 patients to treat or to prevent COVID-19; however, some initial research is underway. Taking a drug for an unapproved use can be very dangerous. This is true of ivermectin, too.

The controversy also led to a now hilariously infamous Twitter post from the US FDA warning against the use of the drug.

"You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it," the post said.

Despite his use of the prohibitied medication, Rogan is on the mend and expected to work the UFC's next pay-per-view event, UFC 266, at the end of the month.