Generic Name: ivermectin (eye ver MEK tin)Brand Names: Stromectol
Ivermectin is an anti-parasite medication. It causes the death of certain parasitic organisms in the body.
Ivermectin is used to treat infections caused by certain parasites.
Ivermectin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, a sample of your stool (bowel movement) will need to be checked on a regular basis. It is important that you not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of ivermectin.
You may need to be retreated with ivermectin several months to a year after your single dose.Call your doctor at once if you have any problems with your eyes or your vision.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, a sample of your stool (bowel movement) will need to be checked on a regular basis. It is important that you not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.
You may need to be retreated with ivermectin several months to a year after your single dose.If you store ivermectin at home, keep it at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
See also: Ivermectin dosage in more detail
Since ivermectin is usually given as a single dose, you will probably not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking a repeat dose of ivermectin and you miss the dose, call your doctor for instructions.
An overdose of ivermectin may cause skin rash, swelling, headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, seizure (convulsions), shortness of breath, and numbness or tingling.
vision changes or problems with your vision;
urinary or bowel problems;
weakness, confusion, lack of coordination;
eye redness, swelling, or pain; or
Other less serious side effects may be more likely to occur, such as:
swelling of your hands, ankles, or feet;
swelling or tenderness of your lymph nodes;
itching or skin rash; or
feeling that something is in your eye(s).
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Usual Adult Dose for Onchocerciasis:
0.15 mg/kg orally once every 12 monthsPatients with heavy ocular infection may require retreatment every 6 months. Retreatment may be considered at intervals as short as 3 months.Dosage guidelines based on body weight:15 to 25 kg: 3 mg orally one time26 to 44 kg: 6 mg orally one time45 to 64 kg: 9 mg orally one time65 to 84 kg: 12 mg orally one time85 kg or more: 0.15 mg/kg orally one time
Usual Adult Dose for Strongyloidiasis:
0.2 mg/kg orally onceIn immunocompromised (including HIV) patients, the treatment of strongyloidiasis may be refractory requiring repeated treatment (i.e., every 2 weeks) and suppressive therapy (i.e., once a month), although well-controlled studies are not available. Cure may not be achievable in these patients.Dosage guidelines based on body weight:15 to 24 kg: 3 mg orally one time25 to 35 kg: 6 mg orally one time36 to 50 kg: 9 mg orally one time51 to 65 kg: 12 mg orally one time66 to 79 kg: 15 mg orally one time80 kg or more: 0.2 mg/kg orally one time
Usual Adult Dose for Ascariasis:
0.2 mg/kg orally once
Usual Adult Dose for Cutaneous Larva Migrans:
0.2 mg/kg orally once
Usual Adult Dose for Filariasis:
0.2 mg/kg orally onceStudy (n=26,000)Mass treatment in Papua, New Guinea:Bancroftian filariasis: 0.4 mg/kg orally once yearly (with a single annual dose of diethylcarbamazine 6 mg/kg), for 4 to 6 years
Usual Adult Dose for Scabies:
0.2 mg/kg orally once, and repeated in 2 weeksIvermectin therapy may be combined with a topical scabicide.
Usual Pediatric Dose for Filariasis:
Study (n=26,000)Mass treatment in Papua, New Guinea:Bancroftian filariasis:5 years or older: 0.4 mg/kg orally once yearly (with a single annual dose of diethylcarbamazine 6 mg/kg), for 4 to 6 years
There may be other drugs that can affect ivermectin. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.