Ivermectin is used to treat some parasitic infections. In people with weakened immune systems, treatment for roundworm can reduce the risk of developing a severe or life-threatening infection. Ivermectin belongs to a class of drugs known as anthelmintics and acts to paralyze and kill parasites. Use this drug in a condition prescribed by your doctor. Ivermectin can also be used for other parasitic infections, including scabies and lice.

Side Effects of Ivermectin

The following side effects may usually occur: headache, dizziness, muscle pain, nausea or diarrhea. The patient may also experience reactions to dying parasites during the first 4 days of treatment, including joint pain, enlarged lymph nodes, swelling of the eyes, redness of the eyes, weakness, vision changes, itching, rash and fever. If any of these negative effects persist or worsen, consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Remember that your doctor gave you ivermectin over the counter because he decided that the benefits to you are greater than the risk of side effects. Many people taking this medication do not have serious side effects.

Ivermectin Precautions

Before taking ivermectin without a prescription, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to its components or have allergies. Ivermectin may contain inactive ingredients that may cause allergic reactions or other problems. If you have a weakened immune system, you may need to be re-treated with this medication. During pregnancy, this drug should be used only in case of emergency. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. The effects of some medications may change if you take other medications or herbal products at the same time. This can increase the risk of serious side effects or can lead to improper functioning of ivermectin.