Drug Class: What is Stromectol and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Stromectol work?
Dosage: How should you take Stromectol?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Stromectol
Special information on Stromectol
Stromectol side effects
|Drug Class: What is Stromectol and why is it prescribed?|
Stromectol is used to treat river blindness (onchocerciasis) and threadworm involving the intestines (intestinal strongyloidiasis). These are caused by worm infections. In onchocerciasis the worm infection mainly affects the skin, glands (lymph nodes) and eyes. Changes to the skin may include an itchy rash, pale or dark patches, nodules (small lumps under the skin), thickening of the skin and/or loss of elasticity. The infection can cause enlarged glands in the neck, armpits or groin. The infection can also affect the eye and may cause conjunctivitis,
|Drug Mechanism: How does Stromectol work?|
Stromectol mechanism of action is thought to involve GABA pathways and chloride ion channel permeability.
Stromectol exerts its antiparasitic action by acting as a potent agonist at gamma-butyric acid (GABA) receptors and potentiating the inhibitory signals sent to motor neurons that paralyze the parasite. Because GABA is confined to the CNS in humans and Stromectol does not cross the blood-brain barrier, the drug has no paralytic action in humans.
|Dosage: How should you take Stromectol?|
Take Stromectol tablets by mouth with a full glass of water. Do not take Stromectol with food.
As a general rule take Stromectol tablets 1 hour before breakfast.
For river blindness:
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Stromectol|
Stromectol is usually given as a one-time dose and thus drug interactions are thought to be uncommon. Check with your prescriber or health care professional if you will be receiving multiple doses of Stromectol and if you are taking other medications.
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke,
|Special information on Stromectol|
Most Important Fact about Stromectol
Finish the full course of Stromectol prescribed by your prescriber or health care professional even if you feel better.
Stromectol precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
Stromectol has not been studied in pregnant women and use of Stromectol is not recommended during pregnancy. Studies in animals given Stromectol have shown that it causes birth defects or other problems. Before taking Stromectol , make
|Stromectol side effects|
More common side effects of Stromectol may include:
Less common side effects of Stromectol may include:
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