This medication is used to treat head lice, tiny insects that attach to your hair and live on the blood from your scalp. Head lice infestation causes itching and irritation of the scalp. Ivermectin works by paralyzing and killing parasites such as lice and their eggs (nits).Ivermectin lotion is not recommended for use in children younger than 6 months of age. Too much medication may be absorbed through their skin, leading to an increased risk of side effects.
How to use ivermectin topical
If you are using the over-the-counter product to self-treat, read and follow all directions on the product package before using this medication. If you have any questions, consult your pharmacist. If your doctor has prescribed this medication, use it as directed.
Apply ivermectin lotion only to dry hair and scalp. Use enough lotion (up to 1 tube) to completely coat and cover all of your hair from the roots to the ends and all of your scalp. Leave it on for a full 10 minutes, then rinse off with water. Children should have an adult apply this medication for them. After using this medication, wait 24 hours before applying shampoo to hair and scalp.
Do not use this medication on your eyebrows or eyelashes. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this occurs, flush your eyes with water. Do not swallow this medication. Do not use ivermectin lotion in your mouth, nose, vagina, or other areas of your body. Wash your hands after applying this medication.
This medication is for a single use only. Throw away any unused lotion. You may use a fine-tooth comb or a special lice/nit comb to remove dead lice/nits.
Tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse.
Eye redness/irritation, dry skin, or a stinging/burning feeling may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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In the US - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before using ivermectin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: skin conditions.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
The form of this medication taken by mouth passes into breast milk in small amounts. It is unknown if this form of ivermectin passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: rash, swelling, headache, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, numbness/tingling, seizures, loss of coordination, shortness of breath.
Store at room temperature. Do not freeze. This medication is for single use only. Throw away any unused lotion. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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