1 What is Stromectol?

Brand: Stromectol

Generic: Ivermectin

Stromectol is an antiparasitic medication used to treat worm infestation. Doctors prescribe oral Stromectol to treat worm diseases strongyloidiasis and onchocerciasis.

Strongyloidiasis is caused by the Roundworm Strongyloides stercoralis, which is very common in developing countries where the soil is contaminated with feces. Onchocerciasis is also known as river blindness, and it is caused by the worm Onchocerca volvulus.

Ivermectin is the first-choice medication for treating strongyloidiasis and onchocerciasis. Doctors also prescribe Ivermectin to treat other parasite diseases such as ascaris infestation, cutaneous larva migrans, filariasis, and scabies. Stromectol tablets require a prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Stromectol, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Stromectol is not suitable for people who are allergic to it.

If you experienced allergies to Stromectol before, tell it to your doctor before receiving the drug. Make sure to tell all your health conditions to your doctor before using Stromectol.

The doctor will need to know if you have the following health problems when prescribing Stromectol:

  • HIV infection or AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Previous histories of parasite infection and treatment

Tell the doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before receiving Ivermectin. Ivermectin is an FDA pregnancy category C drug, which means it can cause harm to the unborn baby when used during pregnancy. Stromectol can be expressed in breast milk, so you must not breastfeed when taking the medication.

You need to avoid alcohol when receiving Stromectol. Stromectol can be used to treat parasitism in children. However, Stromectol should not be given to children weighing less than 15 kg (33 pounds).

3 Proper Usage

To use Stromectol properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. The doctor will determine your dose of Stromectol. 

Stromectol tablets must be taken on an empty stomach, at least an hour before or two hours after a meal. Take Stromectol with a full glass of water.

In many cases, Ivermectin is given as a single dose, and another dose is given again several months to a year later if the infection is still present.

Stromectol can be given to individuals with the weak immune system due to disease or HIV infection, and they are often given more doses, usually every two weeks or each month.

If you receive Stromectol as a single dose, you do not have to worry about overdosing or skipping doses. If you are prescribed to use Ivermectin regularly and you missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember.

If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and stick to the regular dosage. Do not take more Stromectol to make up for the missed dose. Store Ivermectin away from moisture and light.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Stromectol, there are some precautions you must take. The doctor will schedule you to lab tests to check your stool to see if Stromectol is working.

Note that Stromectol may cause dizziness, lightheadedness or impair thinking and reflexes, which are important in things such as driving.

Avoid taking alcohol when having Ivermectin treatment because it increases the likelihood of side effects.

Some patients unknowingly have another parasite infection called loiasis (Loa loa infection). This parasite is common in regions such as West and Central Africa. In rare cases, Stromectol may cause serious and potentially fatal infection in patients with loiasis.

Call your doctor if you experience symptoms such as:

5 Potential Side Effects

Stromectol can cause serious side effects, which require medical attention:

  • Severe allergic reaction symptoms such as hives, itching, difficulty breathing, rash, chest tightness, swelling of the face, mouth, lips and tongue
  • Eye pain, swelling or redness
  • Fainting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Fever, joint pain
  • Redness, swelling or peeling skin
  • Seizures
  • Severe dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting
  • Swelling of the hands, arms, legs or feet
  • Tenderness or swelling of the lymph glands in the neck, groin, and underarms
  • Unusual changes in vision
  • Jaundice

Stromectol is caused by minor side effects, which are not harmful to health:

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