Information about Ivermectin

Ivermectin Uses

Ivermectin is used in the treatment of parasitic infections.

How Ivermectin works

Ivermectin is an antiparasitic medication. It works by binding to the muscle and nerve cells of worms, causing their paralysis and death. This treats your infection.

Common side effects of Ivermectin

Dizziness, Itching, Peripheral edema, Fever, Joint pain, Swelling of lymph nodes, Synovitis, Nausea, Diarrhea, Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing), Facial swelling, Fast heart rate, Increased white blood cell count (eosinophils), Increased hemoglobin, Increased alanine aminotransferase, Increased aspartate aminotransferase, Decreased white blood cell count
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Last updated
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Expert advice for Ivermectin

  • Ivermectin helps treat parasitic infections of your intestinal tract, skin, and eyes.
  • Take it on an empty stomach with a full glass of water.
  • You usually need to take it only once to get rid of your infection. However, if you don't feel better after taking it, talk to your doctor.
  • Drink lots of fluids and avoid caffeine when taking this medication.
  • Your doctor may get stool and blood tests after taking the medication to see if you have gotten rid of the infection.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions for Ivermectin


Q. What is Ivermectin? What is it used for?

Ivermectin belongs to a class of medicines known as ectoparasiticides. It helps to treat many types of parasite infections, including head lice, scabies, river blindness (onchocerciasis), certain types of diarrhea (strongyloidiasis) and some other worm infections. It can be taken by mouth or applied to the skin for external infestations.

Q. Is Ivermectin effective?

Ivermectin is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. It is important to complete the full course of treatment. Stopping the use of Ivermectin may cause the symptoms to return or even worsen.

Q. Is Ivermectin available over the counter?

No, Ivermectin is not available over the counter. It can only be taken if prescribed by a doctor. Do not self-medicate to avoid any side effects. Take it only under the supervision of a healthcare professional to get the maximum benefit of Ivermectin.

Q. How does Ivermectin work?

Ivermectin works by first paralyzing and then later killing the infection-causing organisms. This also helps in slowing down the multiplication rate of the causative organisms, thereby accelerating the healing process. This whole process helps in treating the infection.

Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Ivermectin?

If you forget a dose of Ivermectin, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.

Q. Is Ivermectin safe?

Ivermectin is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.


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