Ivermectin is in a class of medications called anthelmintics. It is widely used in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to treat worm infections . Currently available data do not show ivermectin is effective. 2,3 Also used for the treatment of scabies and lice, it is one of the World Health Organization’s Essential Medicines. Ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by some parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions like rosacea. The parasites are transmitted via the bite of infected blackflies of the genus Simulium , which breed in highly-oxygenated, fast-flowing rivers and. It treats strongyloidosis by killing the worms in the intestines The origins of ivermectin as a human drug are inextricably linked with Onchocerciasis (or River Blindness), a chronic human filarial disease caused by infection with Onchocerca volvulus worms .
Ivermectin is also used to control onchocerciasis (river blindness; infection with a type of roundworm that may cause rash, bumps under the skin, and vision problems including vision loss or blindness). The safety of using ivermectin in children weighing. Ivermectin is used in children weighing >15 kg for the treatment of helminthic infections , pediculosis, and scabies.