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Bed bugs become a new target of the wonder drug ivermectin

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  1. Innocence Stolen

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Thu Apr 20 2017 14:48:46

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    Just wondering if anyone else has heard/read about this. While not a fan of medications at all, in desperation, I might make an exception for this. Still in trials though. Hope they keep up the research.

    Ivermectin, the antiparasitic drug, for which discovery the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded, is presently under development to become an additional component of an Integrated Pest Management framework to treat bed bug infestations. Read more here:

    As a side note, my son and I were just recently discussing the possibility of making a small 'fake human' to put in your bed at night, complete with blood 'veins' filled with blood that is tainted so that when the bugs feed, they'd die. We were trying to think of something that would kill the bugs after feeding. We thought of a CO2 attractant that could be 'expelled' out of the 'fake human' to get them to it and then let the tainted blood do it's work. Then we saw the above article.

  2. Livingagain

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Thu Apr 20 2017 19:43:24

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    Interesting. One part of the puzzle potentially.

  3. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Thu Apr 20 2017 19:47:05

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    Yes-- we've discussed this before. These are just the threads tagged "ivermectin"-- you may find more untagged threads via the search box.

    For anyone who hasn't read up on this, it's not yet approved for use on humans in treating bed bugs.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
  4. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Fri Apr 21 2017 13:33:48

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    Please read up on the side effects to better understand why if this mode of action is to be used it needs a better designed pharmaceutical compound to be viable.

    I have previously advised people to discuss Ivermectin with their medical professionals because of rare and highly unusual ectoparasites (hexapods most notably) which required the GP to research the related medical papers and create a personalized healthcare plan for the patient. It was not something any party rushed into and yet it was the solution to an issue that had been incorrectly diagnosed for two years.

    While I can support it in other therapies the long term nature of some bed bug issues makes this a less than sensible solution given the cautions against repeat prescriptions.

    I know bed bugs can be distressing but there is no point ruining your health over them.

    Hope that helps.

    David Cain
    Bed Bugs Limited

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