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Medications and Drugs

Brand Names: Stromectol

Generic Name: ivermectin (Pronunciation: eye ver MEK tin)

What is ivermectin (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.

What are the possible side effects of ivermectin (Stromectol)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • vision changes or problems with your vision;
  • urinary or bowel problems;
  • weakness, confusion, lack of coordination;
  • eye redness, swelling, or pain; or
  • seizure (convulsions).

Other less serious side effects may be more likely to occur, such as:

  • nausea, diarrhea;
  • dizziness;
  • 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.

What is the most important information I should know about ivermectin (Stromectol)?

Before taking ivermectin, tell your doctor about any other medical conditions that you have, especially liver disease. If you have liver problems, you may not be able to use ivermectin, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.

Treatment with ivermectin usually involves taking a single dose, which should be taken on an empty stomach with a full glass of water.

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.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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