Ivermectin for Scabies
Why It Is Used
Doctors may prescribe ivermectin to treat a scabies infestation in certain situations.Reference 1
- People who have a severe or resistant form of scabies infestation, such as Reference crusted (Norwegian) scabies, may be prescribed ivermectin in combination with medicine applied to the skin, such as permethrin. It can be especially helpful for treating Reference HIV-infected Opens New Window people who have scabies.
- A pill form of medicine may be preferred for some people who are unlikely to use topical medicated creams or lotions properly.
- Ivermectin may help get rid of or prevent scabies for people in group living situations, such as those who live in nursing homes.
Ivermectin is usually not used for children younger than 5 or for pregnant women, because its safety in these children is not known.Reference 2
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: March 14, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology