Stromectol is a popular brand medicine to treat certain parasitic roundworm infections. This medication has an active component Ivermectin, which belongs to a class of drugs known as antihelmintic. It is manufactured by the trusted pharmaceutical company, Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited. It is available as a conventional tablet form for oral consumption and in a dosage of 3 mg.
Manufacturer: Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited
Active Ingredient: The active component of this medication is Ivermectin. It is a macrocyclic lactone derived from Streptomyces avermitilis that shows antiparasitic activity. This medication exerts its anthelmintic effect through activating glutamate-gated chloride channels. This component activated channels open but essentially irreversibly. It leads to neurons or muscle cells remain at either hyper-polarisation or depolarization state to result in paralysis and death of the parasites. This medication does not readily pass the mammal blood-brain barrier to the central nervous system. So, the hosts are resistant to the effects of this active ingredient.
Indications: Given medication is indicated for the treatment of certain parasitic roundworm infections. It helps to improve the quality of life. In people with weakened immune systems, curing roundworm infections can decrease the risk of developing a severe or life-threatening infection. Ivermectin is an antihelmintic medicine that paralyzes and kills parasites.
Action Mechanism: This mentioned medication is an anti-parasitic medication that works by binding to invertebrate muscle and nerve cells of parasites that may induce paralysis and death of parasites. Ivermectin is active against the non-adult form of Onchocerca volvulus and intestinal activity of Strongyloides stercoralis. It binds to parts inside the parasite that eventually paralyzes and kills off the parasite that heals the infection.
Dosages: It is made available in a dosage as given below:
- 3 mg: It is an oral tablet should be taken with a full glass of water on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before a meal as directed by the doctor
Do not drink alcoholic beverages while treating with this medicine