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Why is this medication prescribed?
Head lice (tiny insects that attach themselves to the skin) are treated in adults and children six months of age and older with ivermectin lotion. Ivermectin belongs to the anthelmintics drug class. By eliminating lice, it works.
How should this medicine be used?
Ivermectin is sold as a lotion that can be used on the hair and scalp. Usually, the scalp and hair are treated at the same time. Ivermectin is sold over the counter, not with a prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions you do not understand, and make sure you carefully follow the advice printed on the product’s packaging and insert. Ivermectin lotion should be used exactly as recommended. Unless your doctor or pharmacist instructs you to do so, avoid using it more often, less frequently, or at all.
Lotion containing ivermectin should only be applied to the scalp and hair. If you see an issue with your eyebrows or eyelashes, call your doctor right away. Ivermectin lotion should not be used to the mouth, vagina, nose, ear, or ear canal.
Use the lotion as directed by these steps:
- Anyone over the age of 12 must assist a child in applying the lotion.
- To open the seal on the lotion tube, use the cap’s top.
- Ivermectin lotion should be used to dry hair and a dry scalp area beginning at the scalp and working your way down to the ends of your hair. Apply enough lotion to completely cover the scalp, including the hair, and then rub it in. Utilize the full tube.
- Eyes should be covered with a towel or washcloth at all times.
- When you have completely covered your hair and scalp with ivermectin lotion, leave it in place for 10 minutes.
- After ten minutes, rinse your hair and scalp with water only, then style and dry your hair as usual. Do not use shampoo for 24 hours.
- After applying and rinsing the lotion, you should thoroughly wash your hands, as well as the hands of anyone who assisted you.
- After this treatment, use a fine-tooth comb or lice comb to remove the live lice and nits (empty egg shells).
- When you’re done with this treatment, throw away any unused tube material. Ivermectin lotion shouldn’t be applied repeatedly without first consulting a doctor.
After applying ivermectin lotion, wash all the clothes, pajamas, hats, sheets, pillowcases, towels, and undergarments you have just used. Clothing should be machine-washed at high temperatures (150°F) and dried at a high temperature for 20 minutes. In hot water, you should also wash other personal care items including brushes, hair clips, combs, and hair extensions.
Request a copy of the patient’s information from the manufacturer from your pharmacist or physician.
Other uses for this medicine
Ivermectin topical is primarily used for the treatment of certain parasitic infections of the skin, such as scabies and head lice. However, there may have been new developments or off-label uses for medications since then. Therefore, it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding specific uses of medications.
What special precautions should I follow?
Regarding special precautions for the use of topical ivermectin, here are some general considerations:
- If you have an allergy to any of the substances in ivermectin lotion, ivermectin, other drugs, or food, notify your doctor and pharmacist. For a list of the ingredients, look at the package label.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any vitamins, nutritional supplements, herbal items, and prescription and over-the-counter medicines you are now taking or intend to take.
- Inform your doctor if you currently have, ever had, or have any skin sensitivity or other medical concerns.
- If you think you might be pregnant, intend to get pregnant, or are currently nursing, let your doctor know. If you are breast-feeding, keep the lotion away from your breasts.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Regarding dietary instructions for topical ivermectin, there are typically no specific dietary restrictions associated with its use. However, it’s always a good idea to follow a healthy and balanced diet to support your overall well-being.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you forget to apply a dose of topical ivermectin, it is generally recommended to apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time for your next scheduled dose, you should skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. It’s important not to apply extra doses to compensate for a missed application.
What side effects can this medication cause?
As for side effects, topical ivermectin is generally well-tolerated, but like any medication, it can potentially cause adverse effects. Some possible side effects of topical ivermectin may include:
- Skin irritation or redness at the site of application.
- Itching or rash.
- Dry skin.
- Eye irritation if accidentally applied near the eyes.
If you experience any concerning or persistent side effects, it is crucial to contact your healthcare provider for guidance. They will be able to provide personalized advice based on your medical history and the specific details of your situation.
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
- Store the medication at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Keep it out of reach of children and pets.
- Follow any specific storage instructions provided by your healthcare provider or the medication packaging.
- If you have any unused or expired ivermectin topical, it’s important to dispose of it properly to avoid accidental ingestion or environmental contamination.
- Check with your local pharmacy or waste disposal facility to learn about the appropriate disposal methods in your area.
- Do not flush the medication down the toilet or pour it into drains unless specifically instructed to do so.
In case of emergency/overdose
- In case of an emergency or accidental ingestion of ivermectin topical, contact your local poison control center or emergency medical services immediately.
- Be prepared to provide them with details such as the amount ingested, the time of ingestion, and any symptoms that may be present.
- If possible, have the medication packaging or label available for reference.
What other information should I know?
- Ivermectin topical is intended for external use only and should not be ingested.
- Follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider or the medication packaging regarding the application and duration of use.
- If you experience any unexpected or severe side effects while using ivermectin topical, consult your healthcare provider.
- Inform your healthcare provider about any other medications, supplements, or herbal products you are using before starting ivermectin topical, as it may interact with certain substances.
Remember, this information is not exhaustive, and it’s always advisable to consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist for specific guidance regarding the storage, disposal, and emergency management of ivermectin topical.