Ivermectin for Human Use. What Illnesses Does This Medicine Treat?

Ivermectin use in Australia

Ivermectin uses in humans most often include the treatment of two conditions caused by parasitic worms:

  • intestinal strongyloidiasis;
  • onchocerciasis.

Additionally, Ivermectin for external use (cream, lotion) is approved for external parasites (lice) and skin conditions (rosacea).

The uses for Ivermectin in humans are very effective. Usually, one dose of the drug is enough to improve your condition. The dose depends on your weight and is 150 mcg/ kg of body weight.

You should take the medication on an empty stomach. If necessary, you can repeat the treatment after 6–12 months.

Only a doctor can prescribe Ivermectin for human use, and the medicine is available only by prescription.

The drug has some contraindications. For example, doctors do not recommend it for pregnant women and during breastfeeding since the effect of the medication in such cases has not been fully studied.

Ivermectin use in Australia — new rules

In Australia, Ivermectin for human use is available as Stromectol.

In 2021, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) introduced additional restrictions on prescribing Ivermectin for oral use.

The reason for these changes is that many people, on the advice of some politicians, the media and social networks, began to use this medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19. As a result, the sales of Ivermectin grew by 3-4 times, and the medicine was not enough for those who really needed it. At the same time, Ivermectin has yet to be approved for the treatment of coronavirus in Australia and other developed countries.

So, as of September 2021, GPs can only prescribe Ivermectin for TGA-approved diseases such as scabies and some parasitic infections. However, the above restrictions do not apply to infectious disease specialists, dermatologists, gastroenterologists and hepatologists. They may still prescribe Ivermectin for other indications if they believe the medicine will help a particular person.

Conclusion

Ivermectin is a drug that has proven itself as an effective treatment for parasitic diseases for several decades.

One of the main benefits of this medicine is that one dose is often enough for your condition to improve. Sometimes, repeated treatment may be necessary after six months or a year.

Ivermectin is a prescription drug. You should take it only as prescribed by a doctor. It is not recommended to use the drug to treat coronavirus. You should not do it since its effectiveness and effect on people with SARS-CoV-2 have not been thoroughly studied. Read the instructions carefully before using the medicine.