Ivermectin tablets USP 12mg are used to treat certain parasitic roundworm infections. Curing parasitic infections helps to improve your quality of life. In people with weakened defense 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 anthelmintics. It works by paralyzing and killing parasites. Ivermectin is not recommended for coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19, unless you are enrolled in a study. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits.
Directions of 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 lasts or gets worse.
Uses of Ivermectin Tablets
- Cures parasitic infections
- It paralyzes and kills parasites
- Headache, dizziness, muscle pain, nausea, or diarrhea may occur.
- If you are being treated for “river blindness”, 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, weakness, vision changes, itching, rash, and fever. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
- To reduce dizziness upon standing, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
- Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor 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 right away if you have any serious side effects, including neck/back pain, swelling face/arms/hands/feet, chest pain, fast heartbeat, drowsiness, confusion, seizures, or loss of consciousness.
- A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
- Before taking ivermectin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
- Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of liver problems.
- If you have traveled or lived in West or Central Africa, you may be infected with certain parasites that could cause problems with ivermectin treatment. These effects could rarely result in serious effects on the brain. Consult your doctor for more information.
- This drug may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana can make you dizzier. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana.
- Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products.
Ques. Who should not take this medicine?
Ans. Consult with the doctor if you have the following:
- Infection by the worm Loa Loa
- Abnormal liver function tests
Ques. What conditions does Ivermectin treat?
Ans. 1. Disease caused by the worm Onchocerca volvulus
- Intestinal infection caused by the roundworm Strongyloides
- Head lice
Ques. Does this medicine interact with other medicine?
Ans. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. Keep a list of all the products you use including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.