Chris Schach

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* Ivermectin is used to treat parasitic infections (worms), primarily onchocerciasis.

Ivermectin (Trade name: Stromectol ) is used to treat parasitic infections such as onchocerciasis (river blindness), strongyloides, cutaneous larva migrans and filiariasis. Ivermectin treats strongyloidosis by killing the worms in the intestines. It treats onchocerciasis by killing the developing worms. Ivermectin does not kill the adult worms that cause onchocerciasis and therefore it will not cure this type of infection. It's also useful in certain cases of scabies where other treatments have failed. It works by paralyzing the parasite.


Ivermectin is typically taken as a capsule by mouth. One dose is usually what is prescribed, although if it is prescribed for onchocerciasis, additional doses at 3, 6, and 12 months may be necessary. If you are taking it for strongyloides, several stool examinations may be required to see if the infection has cleared.

Side Effects

Ivermectin is generally well tolerated and side effects are mild and rare. They may include a fast heart rate, flushing, nausea, lightheadedness.

For the treatment of onchocerciasis, side effects may also include fever, rash, muscle or joint aches and tender glands and eye irritation/swelling or pain.

In treatment of strongyloidiasis, side effects may include diarrhoea and skin rash.

Notes of Precaution

* Ivermectin does not interact with other medications.

* Notify your doctor if you are allergic to ivermectin or any medication.

* Notify your doctor if you've ever had meningitis or any other conditions that might affect your immune system.

* If you're taking Ivermectin for onchocerciasis, you may experience dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting if you stand up quickly. Take care to get out of the lying position slowly.

* Store Ivermectin at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.