Ivermectin FAQ

What is Ivermectin used for?

Ivermectin is used to treat various parasitic infections such as river blindness, strongyloidiasis, and scabies.

How does Ivermectin work?

Ivermectin works by paralyzing and killing the parasites responsible for the infection.

What are the possible side effects of Ivermectin?

Common side effects may include dizziness, nausea, and diarrhea. It is important to consult a healthcare professional for a complete list of side effects.

Is Ivermectin safe for everyone?

Ivermectin may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions or taking specific medications. Consult a doctor or pharmacist before using Ivermectin.

How is Ivermectin typically administered?

Ivermectin is usually taken as a single dose on an empty stomach with water.

Can Ivermectin be used in children?

The use of Ivermectin in children should be carefully determined by a healthcare professional based on the child's weight and the specific condition being treated.

Is Ivermectin effective against all types of parasitic infections?

Ivermectin is effective against certain types of parasitic infections, but may not be suitable for all parasitic conditions. It is important to follow the prescribed treatment plan.

How long does it take for Ivermectin to work?

The time it takes for Ivermectin to work may vary depending on the specific condition being treated. It is important to follow the doctor's instructions and complete the full course of treatment.

Can Ivermectin be taken with other medications?

Certain medications may interact with Ivermectin, so it is important to inform the prescribing doctor about all medications being taken, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements.

Is a prescription required to purchase Ivermectin?

In many regions, Ivermectin requires a prescription. It is important to follow local regulations and obtain Ivermectin through a licensed pharmacy.

What should I do if I miss a dose of Ivermectin?

If a dose of Ivermectin is missed, it should be taken as soon as possible. However, if it is close to the time for the next dose, the missed dose should be skipped.

Are there any dietary restrictions while taking Ivermectin?

Ivermectin is usually taken on an empty stomach with water. It is important to follow the specific instructions provided by the healthcare professional regarding dietary restrictions.

Can Ivermectin cause allergic reactions?

In some cases, Ivermectin may cause allergic reactions. It is important to seek medical attention immediately if any signs of an allergic reaction occur.

Is it safe to use Ivermectin during pregnancy?

The use of Ivermectin during pregnancy should be carefully considered and discussed with a healthcare professional to weigh the potential benefits against any possible risks to the mother and the unborn child.

Is it safe to use Ivermectin while breastfeeding?

It is important to consult a healthcare professional before using Ivermectin while breastfeeding, as the active ingredient may pass into breast milk and could potentially affect the nursing infant.

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Information provided by Dr. Nithya Priya Raju. Reviewed by Dr. Mohamed El Khouly