Stromectol is an anti-parasitic drug that is most often prescribed to treat roundworm infections. The main active ingredient in this drug is Ivermectin.
Stromectol is a trade name for Ivermectin, a medication that belongs to a group of drugs known as antihelmintics. This group of medicines kill parasites by binding to their nerve and muscle cells to paralyze them.
Stromectol is prescribed for treating infections of intestinal strongyloidiasis (a type of roundworm), Wuchereria bancrofti (parasites that infect blood tissue), and human scabies (if all other treatment options fail) and sometimes lice.
Treating parasitic infections can save lives by reducing the risk for life threatening conditions, especially in individuals with already weakened immune systems.
Stromectol is available as 3 mg tablets. Inactive ingredients in Stromectol tablets include microcrystalline cellulose, butylated hydroxyanisole, magnesium stearate, citric acid powder and anhydrous pregelatinized starch.
Stromectol should only be taken when prescribed by a doctor.
The dosage of Stromectol will vary from person to person depending on weight and severity of the condition being treated.
The usual recommended dosage for intestinal strongyloidiasis is 200 micrograms per kilo of weight, 150-200 micrograms per kilo for Wuchereria bancrofti (taken every 6 months) and 200 micrograms per kilogram for human scabies.
Stromectol tablets should be swallowed with a glass of water on an empty stomach. Do not eat anything 2 hours before or after taking a prescribed Stromectol dose.
The following side effects may occur when taking Stromectol:
Loss of appetite
Nausea or vomiting
Muscle or joint pain
Low blood pressure
Difficulty standing or walking
Testicular pain or discomfort in men
Redness of the eyes
Worsening of bronchial asthma
Severe side effects of Stromectol include accelerated heart rate, feelings of respiratory discomfort, visual disturbance and swelling of lymph nodes. Immediately seek emergency medical care if any of these side effects are experienced.
Side effects that are not listed above can occur. Always stick to the prescribed dosage of Stromectol to reduce the risk of severe side effects.
Do not take Stromectol if allergic to any of the active or inactive ingredients in the drug.
Stromectol may change laboratory blood result tests for some patients.
Stromectol may cause severe adverse effects or serious brain disorders in patients infected with Loa loa parasite and certain other parasites.
Do not take Stromectol with diethylcarbamazine citrate (usually taken for lymphatic filariasis) and the blood thinner warfarin. These drugs could cause serious drug interactions when taken with Stromectol.
Patients with liver problems should consult a physician regarding safety of Stromectol before use.
Stromectol may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Consult a physician regarding how to use Stromectol if pregnant or attempting to get pregnant.
Do not drive, operate machinery or engage in similar activity if Stromectol causes dizziness or vertigo.
If you accidently missed your dose of Stromectol, do not double the next one. Just follow your regular dose schedule.