IVECOP 6MG contains Ivermectin which belongs to the group of medicines called anthelmintics. It is used to treat various parasitic infections such as onchocerciasis, intestinal strongyloidiasis, filarial worm infestations (e.g. lymphatic filariasis or microfilaraemia), hookworm infestations, scabies, pediculosis (head lice) and helminthiasis (such as Ascariasis (roundworms), Trichuriasis (whipworm) and Enterobiasis (Pinworm)).
Onchocerciasis (also known as river blindness) is a parasitic (worm) infection mainly affecting the skin, lymph nodes and eyes. It is characterized by skin rash, itching, bumps under the skin, enlarged glands in the neck, armpits and groin, painful eyes or blindness. Intestinal strongyloidiasis (threadworm infection) is a parasitic infection mainly affecting the skin and the intestines. It is characterized by skin rash, itching, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Lymphatic filariasis is a worm infection that affects the lymph nodes and lymph vessels, while microfilaraemia is a filarial infection affecting the blood.
Scabies is a communicable skin infection that can spread from person to person via direct skin contact, including sexual contact and contact via exposure to the clothing or furnishings used by the infected person. It is characterized by intense skin itching (mainly at night) with irritating blisters or lumps on the skin mainly affecting the regions between the fingers, underarms, breasts, penis, buttocks, scalp, palms and soles.
IVECOP 6MG cannot be used prophylactically against all these infections and it does not work against adult worms. To avoid the spread of infection (e.g. scabies), frequently wash your clothing and bedding in hot water and keep all your non-washable items in a tightly sealed plastic bag for at least 3 days. Trim your nails frequently. People who come in contact with you (e.g. friends, family members and relatives) should also visit the doctor as soon as possible as a safety precaution. This medicine is generally safe and well tolerated. However, it may cause nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and muscle pain in few individuals. Contact your doctor if it bothers you. It is not recommended for use in pregnant or lactating women and in infants (weighing less than 15 kg). Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.