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General Information
What should I know before taking this drug
Dosage information
Adverse reactions
Additional information if any

Ivermectol (Ochoa)
Mectin (Meridian)

Ivermectin is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.

Ivermectin is pronounced as: eye-ver-MEK-tin

Ivermectin is anthelmintics and anti parasitic drug

Ivermectin is used in the treatment of following infections

  • Strongyloidosis
  • Ascarisis (roundworm)
  • Onchocerciaisis ( river blindness) 
  • Enterobius infection (pinworm)
  • Filarial infection
  • Visceral larva migrans
  • Ancylostomiasis (hookworm)
  • Take Ivermectin exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
  • Take oral dose on empty stomach preferably 1hr before meal with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.
  • Continue to take ivermectin even you feel better. Do not skip any doses. You must complete entire course of medication other wise the infection may not clear completely.
  • Always remember to inform your health expert if you are currently taking any other antihelmintic drug like levamisole or OTC
  • Inform your doctor if you have following medical conditions as Ivermectin should be used cautiously  in the below mentioned conditions
    1. liver disease

Ivermectin should not be given to patients who are hypersensitive to it.

Children: Ivermectin should not be given to children who are less than 15 kg.
Old people:

Pregnant woman: Ivermectin belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that ivermectin may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.

Lactating women: It is not known whether ivermectin passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take ivermectin with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.

Ivermectin is available in the form tablet and suspension; your doctor will prescribe depending upon the condition and severity of the disease.

Use ivermectin as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease. Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.

If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose.

In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.

Ivermectin may cause the following side effects like

  • Pruritis
  • Nausea.
  • Rash.
  • Giddiness.
  • discomfort in the eye( redness, swelling ,pain)

Consult your doctor immediately if you experience the following adverse effects

  • Allergic reaction like swollen lips, shortness of breath, constricting sensation in the throat etc
  • Visual disturbances
  • Seizure episodes
  • Increased fatigue
  • Confusion.

Store ivermectin at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any left over portion is disposed off safely.

  • Avoid using alcohol when on Ivermectin medication, as it causes increased side effects.
  • After complete course of therapy your doctor may advise for repeated stool examination to be done to look for residual infection.
  • Strict hygienic measures and simultaneous treatment of all affected children in the family is advocated to cut down auto infection and person to person infection.
  • You may be required to undergo complete blood counts and liver function test periodically to look for side effects.  
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.

Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: May 31, 2012

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