Ivermectin for Scabies
How It Works
Ivermectin is a prescription medicine taken as a pill to kill scabies mites and their eggs.
Why It Is Used
Doctors may prescribe ivermectin to treat a scabies infestation in certain situations.1
Ivermectin is usually not used for children younger than 5 or for pregnant women, because its safety in these children is not known.2
How Well It Works
Limited data suggests that ivermectin treatment is safe for adults and children who weigh more than 33 lb (15 kg).
Mild side effects may include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Ivermectin is getting more attention in the medical community as a treatment option for scabies. But more testing is needed to confirm its safety and to identify the people who would benefit most from it.
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