"I GOT COVID": Joe Rogan says he's using ivermectin, an unproven anti-parasite drug, for treatment

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"I got back from the road Saturday night and was feeling very weary. I had a headache, and I just felt rundown," he said in the video.

The 54-year-old comedian isolated from his family and started getting "fevers and sweats" that night, he said. Rogan tested positive for COVID the following morning, and began taking several medications, including monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, Z-Pak and prednisone, he said. He also took an NAD drip and a vitamin D drip.

"I did that three days in a row," he said. "And here we are on Wednesday, and I feel great. I really only had one bad day — Sunday sucked."

Ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug commonly used in livestock, is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration to prevent or treat COVID. The FDA and the CDC have warned against taking the drug in such instances — adding that there has been an uptick in calls to poison control centers across the U.S. by people who have ingested it. Misinformation and unsubstantiated claims touting the drug have spread widely on social media.

There are only three vaccines approved by the FDA to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. 

Rogan also announced that he's postponing a show he had scheduled for Friday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The new show date is October 24.

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Rogan did not make any mention of the vaccine in his announcement.

Driving the news: Rogan came under fire in April for saying that young people did not need to get vaccinated, a statement that was rebuked by White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci.

The podcast host then walked back his comment, saying that he is "not a respected source of information."

What he's saying: "Throughout the night I got fevers, sweats, and I knew what was going on," Rogan said, adding that he isolated himself from his family once he suspected it could be the virus.

He also thanked "modern medicine" for "pulling me out of this so quickly and easily."

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