Ivermectin falls under the group of drugs called anthelmintic. It is used to cure cases of strongyloidiasis; which are roundworm infections. It also effectively treats head lice, scabies and river blindness. Ivermectin works in the body by killing the developing worms and not the adult ones.
The common side effects that you maybe subject to experience on using Ivermectin are vomiting, nausea, reduced appetite, bloating, abdominal pain, tiredness, constipation, drowsiness, lightheadedness, headache chest pain, shakiness. If you are receiving treatment for onchocerciasis (river blindness) then you may have certain reactions for the first four days such as swollen eyes and swollen lymph, eye redness or itchiness, fever. However, if these allergic reactions continue, promptly notify your physician.
Before taking Ivermectin discuss with your doctor these pre-existing conditions if any as a precautionary measure. These are:
- If you are allergic to any ingredient contained within Ivermectin.
- If you are pregnant, are planning to become pregnant anytime soon, or are breastfeeding.
- If you are taking prescriptive or non-prescriptive drugs, herbal products, or dietary supplements.
- If you are suffering from more than one parasitic infection at the same time.
- If you have asthma or a weak immune system.
- If you are alcoholic.
The dosage of Ivermectin will be according to your doctor’s prescription. It will be determined by your age, the severity of your condition, your medical history. The adult dose for curing onchocerciasis is 0.15 orally once in every 12 months and for treating strongyloidiasis 0.2 mg orally once. Those with very severe fungal eye infection may need treatment every 3-6 months. In case of suspected drug overdose seek medical supervision immediately.
Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Dermatologist before using this medicine.
- itching and vision impairment.
- rashes on the skin.
How long is the duration of effect?The medicine stays in the body for an average duration of 2 to 3 days.
What is the onset of action?The peak effect of this medicine for treating onchocerciasis can be observed in 3 to 6 months and for strongyloidiasis in 3 months.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women unless necessary. The risk and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
Is it habit forming?No habit forming tendencies were reported.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?This medicine is known to excreted in breastmilk. It is not recommended in breastfeeding women unless necessary. Avoid direct contact of this medicine with the baby.
Missed Dose instructionsTake the missed dose as soon as you remember. If itâ€™s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.
Overdose instructionsSeek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Ivermectin as ingredient
Ivermectin belongs to broad-spectrum antiparasitic agents. It works by acting on glutamate-gated chloride ion channels which occur in invertebrate nerve and muscle cells. This effect increases the influx of chloride ions and causes hyperpolarization of nerve cells, resulting in paralysis and death of the parasite.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with DiseaseInformation not available.
Interaction with AlcoholConsumption of alcohol is not recommended in patients receiving Ivermectin. It may increase the concentration of this medicine and can cause skin rash, headache, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
Interaction with Lab TestInformation not available.
Interaction with FoodInformation not available.
Interaction with MedicineInform the doctor if you are receiving oxcarbazepine, carbamazepine as these medicines decrease the effect of Ivermectin. Any symptoms of the increase in the severity of infection should be reported to the doctor. The dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition. These medicines should be used with caution due to increase in the risk of bleeding. Any symptoms of unusual bleeding, blood in stools and vomiting, dizziness should be reported to the doctor. The dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
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