Hepatic disorders associated with the use of Ivermectin for SARS-CoV-2 infection in adults: a pharmacovigilance study in VigiBase
Gastroenterology and Hepatology from Bed to Bench,
Vol. 15 No. 4 (2022),
3 October 2022
Aim: The aim of the present study was to review in VigiBase the reports of serious hepatic disorders associated with the use of ivermectin for COVID-19 in adults.
Background: In the face of the global health emergency caused by SARS-CoV-2, ivermectin, among other drugs, has been repurposed in some Latin American countries to treat COVID-19. Studies are needed on the safety of ivermectin for this new indication. VigiBase is the WHO pharmacovigilance database that registers all individual case safety reports (ICSRs) from more than 130 countries.
Methods: We extracted the ICSRs of men or women aged ≥ 18 years and dated between 1 January 2020 and 7 March 2021 which included an association with the use of ivermectin.
Results: Of 1393 ICSRs associated with ivermectin, 60 (4.3%) were registered as "serious." Ivermectin had been used for COVID-19 in 25 of those cases. Among the latter, 6 experienced hepatic disorders (hepatitis, hepatocellular injury, cholestasis, increased alanine aminotransferase and/or aspartate aminotransferase levels, abnormal liver function tests).
Conclusion: The safety of the use of ivermectin should be studied more exhaustively, especially as regards the possibility of hepatic disorders developing when the drug is used for COVID-19.
- Ivermectin; COVID-19; drug-induced liver injury; elevated liver function tests; hepatic dysfunction; SARS-CoV-2
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