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   Ivermectin

Ivermectin
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This medication is used to treat certain infections with parasitic roundworms. Curing parasitic infections helps to improve your quality of life. In people with weakened defense (immune) systems, curing roundworm infections can reduce the risk of developing a severe or life-threatening infection. Ivermectin belongs to a class of drugs known as antihelmintics. It works by paralyzing and killing parasites.This drug may also be used to treat other parasitic infections, including lice and scabies.

 
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Ivermectin

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This medication is used to treat certain infections with parasitic roundworms. Curing parasitic infections helps to improve your quality of life. In people with weakened defense (immune) systems, curing roundworm infections can reduce the risk of developing a severe or life-threatening infection. Ivermectin belongs to a class of drugs known as antihelmintics. It works by paralyzing and killing parasites.This drug may also be used to treat other parasitic infections, including lice and scabies.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., stool exams for intestinal parasites) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects.
  • If you are being treated for "river blindness," you may need more medical examinations and repeated treatment since ivermectin does not kill adult Onchocerca worms.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.

Storage
  • Store below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: seizures, loss of coordination, weakness, trouble breathing, severe dizziness/headache, severe vomiting/diarrhea, severe stomach pain, rash, swelling, numbness, tingling.

How To Use
  • Take this medication by mouth with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before a meal.
  • Ivermectin is usually taken as a single dose or series of doses, or as directed by your doctor.Dosage is based on your weight, medical condition, and response to treatment.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Side Effects
  • Headache, dizziness, muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea, or stomach bloating may occur.
  • If you are being treated for "river blindness" (onchocerciasis), you may experience reactions to the dying parasites during the first 4 days of treatment, including joint pain, tender/swollen lymph nodes, eye swelling/redness/pain, vision changes, itching, rash, and fever.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: swelling face/arms/hands/feet, fast/pounding heartbeat, tiredness, easy bruising/bleeding, trouble breathing.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest pain, mental/mood changes, seizures, loss of consciousness.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking ivermectin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
  • Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a brain condition that could alter the blood-brain barrier such as swelling of the brain (e.g., meningitis) or a seizure disorder.If you have traveled or lived in West or Central Africa, you may be infected with certain parasites (e.g., Loa loa, African trypanosomiasis) that could cause problems with ivermectin treatment.
  • These effects could rarely result in serious (possibly fatal) effects on the brain (e.g., encephalopathy).
  • Consult your doctor for more information.This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy.
  • Use caution while driving, using machinery, or doing any activity that requires alertness.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages.To reduce dizziness upon standing, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.If you have a weakened immune system (e.g., due to HIV infection), you may need repeat treatments with this medicine.
  • Talk to your doctor for more details.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.Ivermectin passes into breast milk.
  • Though there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital, butalbital), benzodiazepines (e.g., clonazepam, diazepam, lorazepam), sodium oxybate (GHB), valproic acid.

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