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Ivermectin for Head Lice

Ivermectin for Head Lice

Ivermectin (Stromectol) is a prescription drug that can be used to treat several diseases caused by parasites that live on or in the human body.

A single pill of ivermectin, repeated in 7 days, can work very well to get rid of head lice.1 Ivermectin can be used when lice are resistant to other forms of treatment, such as pyrethrin and malathion. But some doctors have concerns about its safety.

This medicine is not recommended for young children or for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.



  1. Dourmishev AL, et al. (2005). Ivermectin: pharmacology and application in dermatology. International Journal of Dermatology (44): 981–988.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Last RevisedNovember 23, 2010

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