Ivermectin is a medication that was initially used in its tablet form to help with various parasitic infections like worms in your GI tract, skin, or eyes.
But, scientists have found that this same medication can be used on the skin as a topical cream or gel to help reduce symptoms associated with rosacea such as redness, swelling, and small acne-like blemishes.
As with most medications, there are potential side effects that can occur with use, but these side effects vary depending on whether you are using Ivermectin in its tablet form, or as a cream or gel.
In general, topical formulations like creams or gels are able to treat the area near where they are applied, but get into the whole-body circulation less than medications taken by mouth, leading to potentially fewer side effects.
Below, we will cover the potential side effects of both oral and topical forms of Ivermectin.
Oral Ivermectin may be prescribed for parasitic infections like river blindness (onchocerciasis), or strongyloidiasis, among others.
When taken orally in the presence of these parasites, Ivermectin paralyzes the worm offspring and reduces the reproduction rate, aiding in the clearing of the parasitic infection.
The potential side effects of oral ivermectin can change depending on the type of parasite being treated.
The potential more common side effects of Ivermectin taken orally may include:
If side effects are severe, or you develop symptoms of an allergic reaction speak with your doctor and seek medical attention immediately.
Topical Ivermectin side effects are more localized to the application site, as small to negligible amounts of the medication are thought to get into whole-body circulation when used on undamaged skin.
Side effects to Ivermectin topical are rare, and when they do occur, they tend to be minor.
The potential side effects for topical Ivermectin may include:
Severe side effects or allergic reactions from the use of topical Ivermectin are rare, but if they occur contact your doctor immediately.
Side effects from the use of topical Ivermectin are rare, but when they do occur they are normal on or near the application site.
If you are experiencing a side effect from topical Ivermectin, it would normally appear shortly after to within a few days of starting the topical medication.
Speak with your doctor to see if minor side effects should mean you should stop the medication, or to continue using to see if they limit themselves.
Most people will not experience side effects from using topical Ivermectin creams, but if they do, they will likely be minor.
Here at Strut Health, we have multiple topical rosacea formulations to help treat your exact rosacea presentation.
Ivermectin formulas may help reduce the redness, swelling, and pimples that occur in type 2 rosacea, or mixed rosacea presentations.
To see if a prescription Ivermectin formula is a good choice for your rosacea, you can have a free 10-15 minute online consultation with our U.S. licensed doctors, consisting of a questionnaire and submitting images of your skin.
If you are a good candidate for treatment, your rosacea prescription can then be shipped to your front door with our free shipping.
If you have any questions during your treatment, our staff and doctors will be available at any time to you to help you through your rosacea journey.