What Stromectol Is
Stromectol (a brand-name of ivermectin) is an anti-parasite medication, which means that it is used to treat infections and diseases caused by certain parasites: scabies, head lice, river blindness (onchocerciasis), trichuriasis, strongyloidiasis, ascariasis, and lymphatic filariasis. Ivermectin works by paralyzing the parasite, preventing it from making larvae, after which eventually, the parasite dies.
Stromectol is a prescription drug. It is used for the intestinal tract, eyes, and skin treatment. It shows some antiviral effects against certain viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, and is currently being investigated in clinical trials. However, it still received no approval for this use. Please, note, that ivermectin can be used in other ways that may not be mentioned in this guide.
Recommendations for Use, Dosage, and Overdose
Stromectol is a prescription medication, so make sure you fulfill all your doctor’s guidelines! Your physician will define the treatment duration, time, drug form, and dose, regarding your weight, current conditions, and response to treatment. If you have any questions, ask your physician.
Do not change the prescribed amounts. Usually, Stromectol is taken as a single dose. You should take it on an empty stomach; take a full glass of water with it. The tablet can be cut or crushed in case of any problems with swallowing. Adjust the intake to keep at least one hour before or two hours after your meal. In some cases, you can be prescribed one more dose several months or a year after the first one.
If your immune system is too weak (as a result of some medication or disease), your doctor can order you more than one intake of Stromectol. Certain situations complicated by immune weakness can require using ivermectin on a regular basis.
Since ivermectin is usually taken once a day, you need no schedule. If you do have some prescribed times, take the skipped dose as soon as possible. However, miss this dose if it is almost the time for your next scheduled dose. No extra medicine is needed to make up the missed intake. If you accidentally overdose, call your healthcare or call the ambulance.
While taking ivermectin, you can be asked to do the following tests:
- Intestinal parasite infections: your doctor can ask you to do a follow-up stool check in order to check the current presence or absence of parasites in your body. Multiple checks are possible.
- Skin or eye parasite infections: you will be asked to do a follow-up examination for measuring the number of larvae in your skin and eyes. If parasite counts do not improve, your doctor can prescribe you another intake in the near future.
Your eyes can be examined too to check whether this type of medication does not cause serious eye problems. In case of such problems, your medicine can be changed. Always follow your doctor’s recommendations concerning the form, dose, and time of Stromectol treatment without any changes. Store Stromectol at room temperature, keep it away from heat, light and moisture.
Precautions and Contraindications
Inform your physician if you are prone to allergy to ivermectin. In this case, do not use this medicine. Your doctor will define another remedy for your particular situation. Do not forget to let them know if you suffer from kidney or liver disease, HIV or AIDS, cancer, and other conditions that can make your immune system weak.
Stromectol can worsen the condition of patients with asthma. Consult your physician about any kind of risk.
Problems with the liver could be a strong reason for refusing ivermectin treatment. This drug may cause even more harm to the liver; it is possible that your liver will not be able to process the medication well, which can result in the increase of the active substance in the blood, thus, causing extra or stronger side effects. Your liver may process the drug slowly, so the active substance remains in your body for a longer time. Discuss the perspective of using this type of medication with your healthcare.
Ivermectin may cause seizures. Ask your physician if this product is safe for you. Stromectol may not be enough for treating patients with any immune disorder (including HIV/AIDS). In this case, you may need several treatments.
The studies of ivermectin on the fetus during pregnancy are insufficient. Some researches on animals showed various types of side effects to the fetus. Please, inform your physician if you are planning pregnancy in the near future or if you are already pregnant. Stromectol should be used only in case the potential benefit justifies the potential risk. If pregnancy occurs while taking this medication, call your physician right away. Breastfeeding is not safe for your child as ivermectin passes into breast milk causing side effects. Talk to your doctor: depending on the situation, you may need to stop breastfeeding or look for another treatment. Stromectol is not prescribed for children who weigh less than 15 kg (33 pounds).
Interactions with Other Drugs and Substances
Patients, who get the warfarin treatment, must be careful with Stromectol. As warfarin is an anticoagulant (blood thinner), mixing it with ivermectin may lead to extra blood thinning and even cause bleeding. If you require both medications, your doctor will monitor your international normalized ratio (INR) to prevent any dangerous states.
Alcohol is not allowed while taking ivermectin, as it can increase some side effects. Both over-the-counter and prescription medicines, some herbal products, and vitamins can interact with Stromectol in different ways. To be safe, inform your doctor about all the medication you take or took in the past.
Ivermectin treatment can cause dizziness. To reduce chances of feeling dizzy or collapse, please, move carefully; be especially careful on the stairs.
Stromectol can cause many side effects. Some of them do not need instant medical attention; however, you can consult with your doctor about their prevention or eradication. By means of such side effects, your body can adjust to a new substance and they can fade away after some time. Check with your physician in case any of the following side effects continue for too long or bother you somehow:
- Headache, dizziness;
- Diarrhea, nausea;
- Muscle aches;
- Mild skin rash.
For onchocerciasis (river blindness) treatment only:
- Muscle or joint pain;
- Tender or painful glands in groin, armpits, or neck;
- Headache, dizziness;
- Fever, skin rash, or itching;
- Swelling of some body parts.
For strongyloidiasis treatment only:
- Insomnia, dizziness;
- Itching or skin rash;
- Trembling or shaking;
- Loss of appetite.
However, the following side effects need immediate medical attention. Seek medical consultation straight away.
For the onchocerciasis (river blindness) treatment only:
- Eye or eyelid pain, swelling, irritation, or redness.
Pay attention to your body’s reactions while taking anti-parasite medications. Some side effects can be rare, but consult with your physician if you have any of the symptoms or signs mentioned above.
Keep in Mind
Avoid self-treatment and always consult with your physician to ensure the safest and accurate treatment. Do not forget to discuss all the currently taken drugs, or some special circumstances with the doctor: allergies, pregnancy, or breastfeeding, etc. Do not increase or lower the dose.
Use your medication only for the indication prescribed. Do not share or recommend your medicine to any other person; even though your symptoms may be identical, your personal medical histories and current circumstances can be different. Keep away from children’s reach. Tell your doctor about any changes in your heath. If you suffer from any strong side effects, inform your physician immediately.