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What is Ivermectin?

Ivermectin is known as an anti-parasite medication. It is a drug that helps treat parasitic infections in the body.

Ivermectin is a prescription medication. It is available as an oral tablet, a topical cream, and a topical lotion.

Ivermectin belongs to a class of medications known as anti-parasitic drugs.

Ivermectin works by binding to specific parts of the parasite. It eventually paralyzes and kills the parasite, preventing adult parasites from producing larvae for a while. This helps in treating your infection.

The oral tablets of Ivermectin are available as the brand-name drug Stromectol. These tablets are also available as a generic medicine. You can buy Ivermectin online or from a local pharmacy store.

Important Information

After taking Ivermectin, you will need a stool exam to ensure that the infection is gone. To treat the infection, some patients may require another dose of Ivermectin.

Ivermectin may cause dizziness. If you have been sitting, slowly rise to reduce the possibility of feeling dizzy or passing out. Take care when going up and down the stairs.

Do not give Ivermectin to a child weighing less than 33 pounds (15 kg).

What to know before taking Ivermectin?

Do not use Ivermectin if you are allergic to it. If you had an allergic reaction to this medication in the past, do not take it again. It could be fatal if you take it again.

To ensure Ivermectin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • liver or kidney disease
  • cancer, HIV or AIDS, or other conditions that can weaken your immune system

It is unknown whether Ivermectin will harm a developing baby. If you get pregnant during treatment or intend to become pregnant while taking this medication, inform your doctor.

Ivermectin can enter the breast milk and cause harm to a nursing baby. If you are breastfeeding your child, inform your doctor.

Do not give Ivermectin to a child weighing less than 33 pounds (15 kg).

How to take Ivermectin?

Do not take Ivermectin in larger amounts or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label.

You should take Ivermectin on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

Take Ivermectin with a full glass of water, typically given in a single dose.

You may need to take Ivermectin again in several months to a year after your first dose to treat your infection effectively.

If your immune system is weak already (due to disease or using certain medication), you may need to take more than one dose of Ivermectin. Some people with a weakened immune system must take this medication on a regular basis. Follow your doctor’s advice.

You should provide stool samples on a regular basis to ensure that this medicine is effective.

Store Ivermectin at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. You can order Ivermectin online with a prescription.

Ivermectin dosage

Dosage for parasite infection in the intestinal tract

Adult dosage (ages 18–64 years)

A typical dose is 200 mcg/kg of body weight given in a single dose. Most people will only require one dose.

Child dosage (ages 0–17 years)

A typical dose is 200 mcg/kg of body weight given in a single dose. Most children will only require one dose.

Dosage for parasite infection in skin or eyes

Adult dosage (ages 18–64 years)

A typical dose is 150 mcg/kg of body weight given as a single dose.

You will likely need additional rounds of treatment with this drug, as well as follow-up care from your doctor. Your doctor will determine when you will receive your next Ivermectin dose. You could be treated again in as few as three months.

Overdose

Symptoms of an overdose of this drug can include:

  • skin rash or itching
  • swelling
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • weakness or loss of energy
  • nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • stomach pain
  • shortness of breath
  • tingling or a feeling of pins and needles
  • inability to control your body movements
  • seizures

What to avoid while using Ivermectin?

Do not drink alcohol while using Ivermectin. Alcohol may increase certain side effects of Ivermectin.

Ivermectin side effects

Common side effects of Ivermectin may include:

  • dizziness
  • headache, muscle aches
  • mild skin rash
  • nausea, diarrhea

Serious side effects

  • severe skin rash, itching, or rash with pus
  • eye pain or redness, puffy eyes, problems with your vision
  • loss of bladder or bowel control
  • confusion, change in your mental status, balance problems, trouble walking
  • fever, swollen glands, stomach pain, joint pain, swelling in your hands or feet
  • fast heart rate, trouble breathing
  • a light-headed feeling, like you, might pass out
  • neck or back pain, seizure (convulsions)

This medication may cause skin problems. These could be the result of allergic or inflammatory reactions. The symptoms of these skin problems may resemble those of your parasitic infection. If you have severe itching, a rash, or hives, consult your doctor.

Ivermectin may cause vision problems. Consult your doctor if you have any eye problems, such as redness, pain, swelling, or changes in your vision.

What drugs can interact with Ivermectin?

Other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products, may interact with Ivermectin. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all of the medications you are taking now, as well as any that you start or stop taking.