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Ivermectin is a prescription medicine that comes as a lotion or a pill. It is sometimes used to treat head lice and other problems caused
by parasites that live on or in the human body. It kills adult lice, but not their eggs.
The lotion (Sklice) is applied to the hair on the head, left on for 10 minutes, and then rinsed off.
The pill form (Stromectol) may be prescribed
when lice are resistant to other forms of treatment.footnote 1 But some doctors have concerns about its
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant, do not use any medicines unless your doctor tells you to. Some medicines can harm your baby. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements. And make sure that all your doctors know that you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant.
Drugs for head lice (2005). Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics, 47(1215/1216): 68–70.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
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