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Precautions and Warnings With Ivermectin Lotion

Make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have any skin conditions before treating head lice with ivermectin lotion. There are also safety precautions and warnings for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as people who have certain allergies. It is also important to know how to properly use this product to help minimize reactions.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using ivermectin lotion (Sklice®) if you have:
  • Any skin conditions
  • Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Ivermectin Lotion Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using medicated lotion include the following:
  • Do not expect a child to be able to apply ivermectin lotion without careful adult supervision. In fact, it is probably best if an adult does all of the application. With young children, be careful that they do not eat any of the lotion.
  • Make sure to keep ivermectin lotion away from the eyes, as it can cause irritation. If eye exposure occurs, immediately flush the eyes with water and contact your healthcare provider if eye irritation persists.
  • Ivermectin lotion is a pregnancy Category C medication, meaning that it might not be safe to use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown. If you are pregnant, check with your healthcare provider before using this product (see Sklice and Pregnancy for more information).
  • The active ingredient in ivermectin lotion passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, check with your healthcare provider or your child's healthcare provider before using this lotion (see Sklice and Breastfeeding).
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