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Drug Information For:
STROMECTOL 3MG TABLETS
Ingredient Name:IVERMECTIN (eye-ver-MEK-tin)
Drug Manufacturer:MERCK HUMAN HEALTH
Common Uses:This medicine is an anthelmintic used to treat infections caused by certain parasites.
Before Using This Medicine:Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking warfarin. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions including if you have any other parasite infection (eg, Loa loa infection); recent travel to areas where parasite infection is likely; asthma; a weakened immune system (eg, HIV infection); allergies; pregnancy; or breast-feeding. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using this medicine.
How to Use This Medicine:Follow the directions for taking this medicine provided by your doctor. TAKE THIS MEDICINE on an empty stomach with water. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature, below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C), away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. TO CLEAR UP YOUR INFECTION COMPLETELY, you may need repeated follow-up and retreatment. THIS MEDICINE IS USUALLY GIVEN AS A SINGLE DOSE. If you forget to take this medicine, take it as soon as your remember.
Cautions:DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine. Laboratory tests, including stool examinations, may be performed to monitor your condition or to check for side effects. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are taking this medicine. This medicine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to this medicine. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen you ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS, lightheadedness, or fainting. Alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of dizziness, lightheadedness, or weakness. Rarely, some patients taking this medicine who have also had a certain other parasite infection (loiasis) have developed a serious and sometimes fatal brain problem. TELL YOU DOCTOR if have any other parasite infection. Tell your doctor if you have been in an area where Loa loa infection is likely (eg, West or Central Africa). Tell your doctor at once if you have symptoms such as unusual back pain, eye bleeding, shortness of breath, failure to control bladder or bowel, trouble walking or standing, mental changes (eg, confusion), unusual weakness, or seizures. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINES, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. CAUTION IS ADVISED IF USING THIS MEDICINE IN CHILDREN weighing less than 33 pounds (15 kilograms); safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed. FOR WOMEN: DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you are pregnant. IF YOU SUSPECT THAT YOU COULD BE PREGNANT, contact your doctor immediately. THIS MEDICINE IS FOUND in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible Side Effects:SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include diarrhea, dizziness, or nausea. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience eye pain, swelling, or redness; fainting; fast heartbeat; fever; joint pain; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe dizziness or lightheadedness; swelling of the skin, arms, legs, ankles, or feet; tender or swollen lymph glands (eg, in the neck, groin, underarms); vision changes; or yellowing of the eyes or skin. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Overdose:IF OVERDOSE IS SUSPECTED, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include abnormal skin sensations; diarrhea; loss of coordination; nausea; seizures; severe headache or dizziness; stomach pain; swelling; trouble breathing; unusual weakness; or vomiting.
Additional Information:DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and pets.
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