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What are the side effects of ivermectin?

If you are taking ivermectin to treat onchocerciasis you may experience side effects, such as pain and swelling of the joints; rapid heart rate; swelling and pain in the glands of the neck, armpit or groin; fever; itchiness; and skin rash. Less common side effects for the treatment of onchocerciasis include: pain, redness or teariness of the eyes; headaches; swelling in the face, eyes and upper and lower extremities; and light-headedness from getting up too quickly.

Some of the less common side effects of taking ivermectin to treat strongyloidiasis include: diarrhea, sleepiness, decreased appetite, shakiness, dizziness, itchy skin and rash. Other possible unwanted side effects from using this medicine to treat strongyloidiasis include: nausea, vomiting, stomach problems, constipation, weakness and chest pain. Serious side effects that may occur are blistering or peeling of the skin, hives, severe rash or itching and fever. If you experience any of these symptoms or side effects that become serious, seek immediate medical attention.

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