Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jun 25, 2023.
Uses of Ivermectin Lotion:
- It is used to treat head lice.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I use Ivermectin Lotion?
- If you have an allergy to ivermectin or any other part of ivermectin lotion.
- If you are allergic to ivermectin lotion; any part of ivermectin lotion; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to use Ivermectin Lotion with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I use Ivermectin Lotion?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you use Ivermectin Lotion. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If ivermectin lotion is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
- Do not give ivermectin lotion to an infant younger than 6 months of age.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using ivermectin lotion while you are pregnant.
How is this medicine (Ivermectin Lotion) best used?
Use ivermectin lotion as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Do not use Ivermectin Lotion by mouth. Use on your scalp and hair only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, ears, and eyes (may burn).
- If you get ivermectin lotion in any of these areas, rinse well with water.
- Do not wet hair before putting ivermectin lotion on.
- Rub into dry hair and scalp all the way.
- Wash your hands after use.
- Leave on your hair and scalp for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, fully rinse hair and scalp with water only.
- Throw away any part not used after use.
- After using ivermectin lotion, wait 24 hours before using shampoo on hair and scalp.
- Use special nit comb or tweezers to get rid of dead nits (lice eggs) from hair.
- Wash all bedding, towels, and recently worn clothes in hot water or have them dry cleaned.
- Wash all combs, brushes, and hair clips in hot water.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Most of the time, only one dose of ivermectin lotion is needed. If you forget to put on the dose, put it on as soon as you think about it.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Very bad irritation where ivermectin lotion is used.
- Very bad burning or burning that does not go away.
- If live lice are seen after 7 days.
What are some other side effects of Ivermectin Lotion?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Irritation where ivermectin lotion is used.
- Dry skin.
- Eye irritation.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Ivermectin Lotion?
- Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about ivermectin lotion, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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