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Ivermectin topical cream treats redness, swelling and bumps caused by rosacea. This rosacea medicine rarely causes side effects, but it often takes 1-3 months before people notice improvements in their skin. The brand version is Soolantra.
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About Ivermectin (Generic Soolantra)
How does it work?Some theories suggest that rosacea is caused by tiny mites on the skin (Demodex mites). This medicine kills the mites that could contribute to rosacea. Ivermectin also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with redness and swelling related to rosacea.
What does it treat?
When applied topically to the skin, Ivermectin treats skin conditions like lice, scabies and rosacea. It’s also used to treat parasitic infections in the body, such as river blindness and intestinal worm infections.
What forms does it come in?
This medicine comes in different forms depending on the type of infection. When used to treat rosacea, it comes as a cream or lotion.
Ivermectin vs. Soolantra
Ivermectin is a medication that can be used to treat parasitic infections in the body and on the skin. Soolantra is a brand-name version of Ivermectin that comes as a cream and is designed specifically to treat rosacea.
How much will it cost?
Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If a rosacea prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. With a drug discount card, prices for Ivermectin 1 % Topical Cream (45 gram tube) start at $159.13.
* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.
Ivermectin 1 % Topical Cream (45 gram tube)*
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Ivermectin (Generic Soolantra) prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of using Ivermectin (Generic Soolantra)?
- Treats infections caused by parasites or mites
- Relieves redness, swelling and pimples related to rosacea
- Clears up scabies
Who should not use this medication?
- People who are allergic to it
- Children under the age of 18
Before starting this rosacea treatment, let your licensed provider know if you’re pregnant, planning to become pregnant or if you’re breastfeeding. Your medical provider also needs to know if you have any liver or kidney problems, or if you’re taking any other medications.
How do I use this medication?
When used to treat conditions like rosacea, it is applied to the skin as a cream or lotion. You only need a pea-sized amount on each of the areas that are affected. Only use this medicine on your face, and don’t let it touch your eyes, lips or nostrils.
For parasitic infections, Ivermectin is taken orally as directed by a licensed healthcare provider, usually with water on an empty stomach.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of your rosacea medicine, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. But don’t double up on doses if it's close to the time for your next application.
What happens if I use too much?
Taking more of this medicine won’t help your symptoms get better faster. Taking too much can actually increase the risk of side effects.
If you’ve used too much Ivermectin, call your healthcare provider or local poison control center (800-222-1222) immediately.
Can I get Ivermectin (Generic Soolantra) online?
If you’re looking for an online rosacea prescription, Dr. B offers convenient virtual consultations with licensed medical providers. Just fill out a short health questionnaire about your symptoms to get started.
Medical information reviewed by Dr. Alison Gruen
Alison Gruen, MD is a board-certified dermatologist in New York City with over 18 years of experience. A clinician at heart, she happily devotes most of her time to the care of her patients. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University and received her MD degree from the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Gruen completed her dermatology residency at SUNY Downstate where she served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Kings County Doctor’s Day award for compassion in medicine. Currently Dr. Gruen is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
Side effects of this medication are usually mild, and often get better as your skin adjusts to the medicine. The most common mild side effects are:
- Skin irritation
- Itching or burning
- Dry skin
- Temporary worsening of your rosacea symptoms
Occasionally, some people have a more severe reaction to this medicine. Look out for signs of an allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing, swelling in your face or lips or hives on your skin. Contact your health provider or get emergency help if you have severe side effects, if your symptoms don’t get better or if you have other concerns.