Ivermectin is a common anti-parasitic medication discovered in 1975 by Satoshi Ōmura whose research group isolated the bacterium Streptomyces avermitilis from a single Japanese soil sample near a golf course outside Tokyo. These bacteria produce active fermentation extracts called avermectin. Parasitology specialist William C. Campbell was able to develop ivermectin from avermectin. In 1981 ivermectin was commercialised as a veterinary treatment and was approved for human use in 1987.
Zantac (ranitidine) is an over the counter medication in the family of histamine H2 receptor blockers (antagonist). It works by preventing the binding of histamine at the receptor on the parietal cells in the stomach, reducing gastric acid output. Zantac also has prokinetic properties, which enhances gastric motility (contractions of the smooth muscles in the gastrointestinal tract).
At a glance Drug Name: Diphenhydramine hydrochloride Common names: Benadryl, Dimedrol, Daedalon, Nytol, Vetadryl Drug Type: First-generation antihistamine Used For: Allergies, motion sickness, mast cell tumours, vaccine and blood transfusion reactions Species: Humans, cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, birds and cattle Administered: Tablet, oral liquid, injection What is Benadryl? Benadryl (diphenhydramine hydrochloride) is a first-generation … Read more
What are antibiotics?
Antibiotics are a type of drug used in the treatment and prevention of bacterial infections as well as, some fungal and parasitic infections. They come in two forms, bacteriostatic which stop the bacteria reproducing or bacteriocide which kills the bacteria.
What are antihistamines?
Antihistamines are a class of drugs which block the effects of histamine, a chemical produced by the mast cells and basophils in response to a real (bacteria/virus/fungus) or perceived (allergen such as dust) invasion.