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Ivermectin cream

Pronunciation

Generic Name: ivermectin (EYE-ver-MEK-tin)
Brand Name: Soolantra

Ivermectin cream is used for:

Treating rosacea.

Ivermectin cream is a macrocyclic lactone. Exactly how it works to treat rosacea is unknown.

Do NOT use ivermectin cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in ivermectin cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using ivermectin cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with ivermectin cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with ivermectin cream. Because little, if any, of ivermectin cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if ivermectin cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use ivermectin cream:

Use ivermectin cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet and instructions for use is available with ivermectin cream. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Be sure you understand how to use ivermectin cream. Ask your health care provider if you have questions or if you are unsure how to use it.
  • Wash your hands before and after using ivermectin cream.
  • Clean the affected area before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • Avoid getting ivermectin cream in the eyes or on the lips.
  • If you miss a dose of ivermectin cream, put it on as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not put on 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use ivermectin cream.

Important safety information:

  • Do not get ivermectin cream in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Do not get it in your vagina. If you get ivermectin cream in any of these areas, gently flush them with water.
  • Do not use more than the recommended dose or for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Ivermectin cream may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using ivermectin cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk after topical use. Do not breast-feed while using ivermectin cream.

Possible side effects of ivermectin cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild burning at the application site; skin irritation.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe or persistent burning at the application site; severe or persistent skin irritation.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of ivermectin cream:

Store ivermectin cream at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep ivermectin cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about ivermectin cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Ivermectin cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take ivermectin cream or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about ivermectin cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to ivermectin cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using ivermectin cream.

Review Date: November 3, 2016

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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