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Information about Ivermectin

Ivermectin is an antiinfective agent with activity against several parasitic nematodes and scabies and is the treatment of choice for onchocerciasis (river blindness). It is typically given as one or two oral doses.

Liver safety of Ivermectin

Ivermectin therapy has been associated with minor, self-limiting serum aminotransferase elevations and very rare instances of clinically apparent liver injury.

Mechanism of action of Ivermectin

Ivermectin (eye" ver mek" tin) is a macrocyclic lactone and semisynthetic derivative of avermectin which is produced by Streptomyces avermitilis. Ivermectin has potent activity against several parasites and arthropods. It believed to act by interference with a glutamate gated chloride channel, which interferes with the parasite's neural and neuromuscular transmission. It has a broad spectrum of activity against several nematodes (Ascaris, Trichuris, Ancylostoma), cestodes (Taenia) and trematodes (Fasciola, Schistosoma).

FDA approval information for Ivermectin

Ivermectin has particularly potent activity against onchocerciasis (river blindness) and lymphatic filariasis, which are important endemic diseases in Africa and South America. Ivermectin was FDA approved for use in the United States in 1996 for strongyloidiasis and onchocerciasis. In other countries it is also approved for use in scabies, lice infestation and ascariasis.

Dosage and administration for Ivermectin

Ivermectin is available in tablets of 3 mg under the brand name Stromectol. For treatment of strongyloidiasis, the recommended dose for adults is a single oral dose of 15 mg (200 µg/kg). Ivermectin is also available in topical forms for therapy of rosacea and head lice. Oral ivermectin is generally well tolerated, but side effects can include diarrhea, gastrointestinal upset, headaches, fever, rash and itching, most of which are due to the effect of ivermectin on the helminth and a reaction to their death, release and expulsion.

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