One part of my recommended scabies treatment plan is oral use of the drug ivermectin.
This can be tricky though, as while the FDA has approved ivermectin for humans, it’s not approved specifically for scabies treatment.
There are many stories online of doctors refusing to prescribe ivermectin for humans, however as you’ll see, ivermectin has a strong safety profile and is used for scabies in many other countries.
In this article I’ll be talking about what ivermectin is, where to get ivermectin for humans, and how to use it safely.
What is ivermectin?
Ivermectin is a drug that was patented by Merck, first approved for human use in 1987.
William Campbell and Satoshi Omura both won the 2015 Nobel Peace prize in Medicine for its discovery.
It is on the WHO’s list of Essential Medicines for both adults and children, and is approved by the US FDA as an antiparasitic agent for things such as worms. However, for some reason the FDA has not approved it for scabies use, despite it being used in much of the developed world as a scabies treatment.
The reason ivermectin won the Nobel Prize is due to the enormous effect it had on the world’s poor.
Today 250 million people (adults and children) take it annually to combat two of the world’s most debilitating parasitic diseases: Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic filariasis.
A single dosage can prevent a child from contracting river blindness from fresh water parasites.
It is now used for this purpose across many countries in Africa, many the doses of which are donated.
Nature magazine called it one of the world’s very few genuine “wonder drugs”, due to the huge range of diseases it can combat and the suffering it has relieved.
Remarkably, even after mass distributions across some of the world’s poorest countries, along with prescription use in the world’s richest, ivermectin maintains one of the best safety profiles of any major drug today, with almost no long term side effects recorded across billions of doses.
Its impressive safety profile is why it is continued to be mass administered in both children and adults across the world.
Where can I get ivermectin?
Ivermectin for humans is easier to come by in countries like Australia, New Zealand and most parts of Europe, as ivermectin has been approved over there for scabies treatment.
To get it, simply ask your doctor.
Ivermectin for humans is harder to come by in the US.
It is FDA approved and produced by Merck, however it’s not approved for scabies specifically.
You have two options here:
Order ivermectin from overseas
The drug you are looking for is called Stromectol.
This is the ivermectin treatment designed for scabies and ideally what you should be taking.
You will need a prescription in the US, and many doctors will be reluctant to prescribe it for scabies.
Most Canadian online pharmacies require a prescription too, but you can try your luck there.
I do not want to link to an online pharmacy here because I have never used one.
Again, I have never ordered Stromectol online and if you do, it is entirely at your own risk.
If you do end up ordering, I would really appreciate if you reported back in the comments section below so others can see what your experience was like.
Again, I highly recommend pressing your doctor to prescribe it for you so you can trust the source.
Be pushy. Don’t take no for an answer.
The ivermectin I used for my treatment was doctor-prescribed.
Use animal-purpose ivermectin
Animal-purpose ivermectin to treat scabies in humans is actually more popular than you might think, and is a possible alternative if you can’t get your hands on ivermectin for humans.
Reminder – it is not made for humans, it is made as a paste for horses.
This is why you might often hear animal ivermectin referred to as “horse paste”.
But many people have used it as scabies treatment when their doctors refuse to prescribe oral ivermectin.
If you look at the Amazon reviews for this ivermectin, it seems to be bought almost exclusively by people treating scabies rather than for using on horses.
Almost all seem to have positive results.
You will even find medical professionals there saying they’ve used it as they cannot get Stromectol (or they can but it’s insanely expensive because not covered by insurance).
The dosing is exactly the same for horses as it is for humans, and the drug is the same.
You just need to ensure that the drug you are buying is purely ivermectin and doesn’t have any other worming drugs in it.
Again I have never done this and I recommend trying your best to get Stromectol from your doctor instead.
If you do happen to use animal ivermectin, you do so at your own risk. I am not your doctor. Consult your doctor. Please do not use this blog post as medical advice.
However, if it means anything, I am 99% certain I would use this if my doctor refused to prescribe Stromectol. The risk feels reasonably small for getting rid of something as horrible as scabies!
Another testimonial is here from a lady who has had scabies multiple times from working in homeless shelters and has used animal ivermectin successfully several times to treat scabies.
The last bit of advice I can give is, definitely make sure you get your ivermectin from a reliable source.
My second choice would be Amazon.
Just make sure it’s from a reliable seller.
You can also find ivermectin at most livestock or ranching stores.
Invermectin dosage chart for humans
Probably the most important thing to understand when taking ivermectin for humans is the dosage.
You must get this right.
Currently the dosage for humans for scabies is 200mcg per kg.
This is the official human ivermectin dosage chart from Drugs.com:
15 to 24 kg: 3 mg orally one time
25 to 35 kg: 6 mg orally one time
36 to 50 kg: 9 mg orally one time
51 to 65 kg: 12 mg orally one time
66 to 79 kg: 15 mg orally one time
80 kg or more: 0.2 mg/kg orally one time
Stromectol comes in 3mg which is what the chart references.
So if you weigh 60 kilograms, you would take four pills.
Dosing ivermectin paste for humans
For the horse ivermectin, it is divided up into dosages per 250lbs of body weight.
Therefore if you weigh 125lbs, you should take half a dose.
If you weigh 200lbs, you should take 4/5 parts of a dose.
This will become clearer when you see the packaging.
Can you overdose?
Using ivermectin for scabies is the same dosage as treating for other conditions, whether you’re using the human tablets or the animal paste form.
The standard scabies treatment is to take one dose, then a second dose 7 days later.
You should not overdose if you take this standard dosage based on your body weight.
You can be assured by this paper written by the discoverer of ivermectin himself, Satoshi Omura.
“Ivermectin has continually proved to be astonishingly safe for human use. Indeed, it is such a safe drug, with minimal side effects, that it can be administered by non-medical staff and even illiterate individuals in remote rural communities, provided that they have had some very basic, appropriate training. This fact has helped contribute to the unsurpassed beneficial impact that the drug has had on human health and welfare around the globe”
History shows us that ivermectin is a very safe drug, and is approved for scabies treatment in many countries.
Remember, ivermectin is only one part of a successful scabies treatment. I have a full guide on the best way to get rid of scabies, which details all the treatments that I used during my own fight with scabies. If you’re dealing with scabies right now, I’d highly recommend checking it out. You can click here to go there now.