The Drugs Joe Rogan has taken for COVID, Including Controversial Ivermectin

Joe Rogan, host of the popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, announced via an Instagram video on Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID.

In the short video, the podcaster listed medicines he had used to combat the virus and its effects. Among them was the controversial drug ivermectin, which is conventionally used as an anti-parasitic for livestock and horses.

Both the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have warned against taking the livestock treatment to treat COVID. Several people have been hospitalized in the U.S after taking doses intended for animals as large as a ton.

The FDA says that ivermectin has repeatedly been shown to be ineffective as a COVID treatment, and toxicologists have expressed concern regarding a surge in the use of the livestock anti-parasitic.

In the Instagram post, Rogan describes coming home from his Joe Rogan: The Sacred Clown Tour on Saturday evening and experiencing common COVID symptoms such as a headache, fever, and fatigue.

"Throughout the night, I got fevers, sweats, and I knew what was going on," the podcaster said. "I got up in the morning and got tested, and it turns out I've got COVID.

"We immediately threw the kitchen sink at it. All kinds of meds."

In addition to mentioning ivermectin, the podcaster, who has previously stated that the young and healthy should not "worry" about being vaccinated against COVID, said he had also taken monoclonal antibodies and prednisone to treat the disease.

The FDA is currently investigating the use of monoclonal antibodies to keep high-risk COVID sufferers from being hospitalized. These proteins are lab-created to bind to specific substances in the body and are commonly used to deliver drugs directly to cancer cells in cancer patients.

Thus far, three anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibody products have been granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) by the FDA for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID in high-risk sufferers, though this is different from full FDA approval.

When Donald Trump was infected with COVID during his presidency he was also treated with monoclonal antibodies.

Prednisone belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids which have shown some effectiveness in combating overactive inflammatory, or hyper‐inflammation, reactions caused by the virus. As is the case with monoclonal antibodies, the full benefits of the drug in fighting COVID are still being investigated.

Rogan also credits the use of vitamin drips in his three-day recovery from COVID. Clinical trials are currently being conducted to determine if intravenous (IV) infusions of vitamin C can help patients suffering from COVID.

Lacking results from these trials, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently warned several companies to stop promoting IV vitamin C infusions and other vitamin drips as therapies that can treat or prevent COVID.

Concluding his Instagram video, Rogan offered a "wonderful heartfelt thank you to modern medicine" for his rapid COVID recovery, despite ignoring advice regarding the use of ivermectin.

The CDC's official advice on limiting the spread of COVID includes getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet from others who don't live with you, washing hands frequently, and avoiding crowds.

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Podcaster Joe Rogan is pictured on May 10, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by ) Michael Schwartz/WireImage