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Molecule Description

Ivermectin is an anthelmintic agent used to treat various parasitic infestations of the human body. It is available as a tablet for oral intake and cream for local application.

Uses of Ivermectin

  • Pimples and spots
  • Parasitic infections (skin, intestine, hair and nails)

Contraindications of Ivermectin

When should one not use Ivermectin

Allergic to Ivermectin.

Side effects of Ivermectin

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Dry skin
  • Sore throat
  • Itching, irritation, and redness on the skin
  • Burning sensation on the skin
  • Swelling on face
  • Redness of eyes
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Precautions and Warnings of Ivermectin


Can I take Ivermectin during pregnancy?
It is not safe during pregnancy.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Ivermectin while breastfeeding?
Ivermectin will excrete into the breast milk in small amounts so doctor’s consultation is necessary before taking the medicines.


Can I drive if I have consumed Ivermectin?
It does not affect driving ability.


Can I consume alcohol with Ivermectin?
No relevant information

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have allergies and side effects related to certain medications
  • You have asthma, bleeding disorder and brain problems

Mode of Action of Ivermectin

How Does It Work?

The active ingredient Ivermectin paralyzes the parasite and kills it eventually. In this way, it effectively assists in treating the diseases related to parasites.

Interactions of Ivermectin

Interactions with other medicines

  • Anisindione
  • Conivaptan
  • Bosentan
  • Palonosetron
  • Darunavir
  • Tacrolimus

Interactions with food items

No information is available on interactions when taken with food, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.

Dosage of Ivermectin


A patient should take the prescribed dose of Ivermectin. Self-prescription can increase the chances of intense side-effects. In the situation of an overdose, immediately contact the closest emergency hospital for assistance.
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Missed a Dose

Do not take a double dose. Follow regular dosing schedule.

Content Details


Dr. Rukman Mecca

MBBS, MD (Community Medicine)


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: Does Ivermectin work against parasitic infections?

A: Yes, Ivermectin paralyzes parasites and kills them to treat the problem. However, the dosage depends on the directions of the doctor.

Q: Can a user become addicted to Ivermectin?

A: The controlled use of Ivermectin presents no signs of an addictive nature. However, a patient has to follow the doctor’s guidelines accurately.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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