ivermectin (Stromectol)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

What is ivermectin-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic medication. Ivermectin works by binding to invertebrate muscle and nerve cells of parasites, causing paralysis and death of parasites. Ivermectin is active against the non-adult form of Onchocerca volvulus. Ivermectin is also active against intestinal activity of Strongyloides stercoralis. The FDA approved ivermectin in November 1996.

What brand names are available for ivermectin-oral?

Stromectol

Is ivermectin-oral available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for ivermectin-oral?

Yes

What are the uses for ivermectin-oral?

Ivermectin is used for intestinal infection caused by Strongyloides stercoralis. Ivermectin is also used for infections caused by non-adult form of Onchocerca volvulus. Off-label use includes treatments for head lice, blepharitis and filariasis.

What are the side effects of ivermectin-oral?

Common side effects of ivermectin are:

Other side effects include:

  • Low blood pressure,
  • facial swelling, and
  • increased heart.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/30/2016

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