Ivermectin Topical

Reviewed on 8/24/2021

Brand Name and Other Names: Sklice, Soolantra

Generic Name: Ivermectin Topical

Drug Class: Acne Agents, Topical; Scabicidal Agents; Pediculicides, Topical

What Is Ivermectin Topical Used For and How Does it Work?

Ivermectin topical is used to treat lice (Sklice) and rosacea (Soolantra).

Ivermectin topical is available under the following different brand names: Sklice and Soolantra.

Dosages of Ivermectin Topical

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Topical Lotion

  • 0.5% (Sklice)

Topical Cream

  • 1% (Soolantra)

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Lice

  • Pediculicide indicated for topical treatment of head lice infestation
  • Sklice - Adults: Apply 0.5% lotion to dry hair in amount sufficient (up to one 4-oz tube) to thoroughly coat the hair and scalp; leave lotion on hair for 10 minutes, and then rinse with water
  • Children 6 months and older: Apply 0.5% lotion to dry hair in amount sufficient (up to one 4-oz tube) to thoroughly coat the hair and scalp; leave lotion on hair for 10 minutes, and then rinse with water
  • Children under 6 months: Safety and efficacy not established
  • For single use only, do not retreat

Administration instructions for lice

  • For topical use only
  • Avoid contact with eyes
  • Use lotion in context of an overall lice management program including hot-water washing or dry-cleaning of all recently worn clothing and linens
  • Wash personal care items (e.g., combs, brushes, hair clips)
  • A fine-tooth comb or nit comb may be used to remove dead lice and nits

Rosacea

  • Indicated for inflammatory lesions caused by rosacea
  • Soolantra: Apply small amount of 1% cream to affected area(s) once daily
  • Use a pea-size amount for each area of the face (forehead, chin, nose, each cheek) that is affected
  • Spread as a thin layer, avoiding the eyes and lips

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What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ivermectin Topical?

Common side effects of Ivermectin Topical include:

Postmarketing side effects of ivermectin topical reported include:

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Ivermectin Topical?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider, or pharmacist first.

  • Ivermectin Topical has no listed severe interactions with other drugs.
  • Ivermectin Topical has no listed serious interactions with other drugs.
  • Ivermectin Topical has no listed moderate interactions with other drugs.
  • Ivermectin Topical has no listed mild interactions with other drugs.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Ivermectin Topical?

Warnings

This medication contains ivermectin topical. Do not take Sklice and Soolantra if you are allergic to ivermectin topical or any ingredients contained in this drug.

Contraindications

  • None

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available.

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ivermectin Topical?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ivermectin Topical?"

Cautions

  • To prevent ingestion, administer to children only with direct adult supervision
  • Not for oral, ophthalmic or intravaginal use

Pregnancy and Lactation

Use ivermectin topical with caution during pregnancy if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies are not available or neither animal nor human studies were done. No comparisons of animal exposure with human exposure are available with topical ivermectin because of low systemic absorption.

Following oral administration, ivermectin is excreted in human milk in low concentrations. Excretion following topical administration has not been evaluated. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

References
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/sklice-soolantra-ivermectin-topical-999720

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