One part of my recommended scabies treatment plan is oral use of the drug ivermectin.
This can be tricky though, as the FDA has not yet approved ivermectin for humans, at least not for scabies treatment.
There are many stories online of doctors refusing to prescribe ivermectin for humans, and as there haven’t been any studies, people are also wondering about ivermectin dosage, ivermectin side effects and so on.
In this article I’ll be talking about what ivermectin is, where to get ivermectin for humans, and how to use it safely.
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. 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. However, this is the product you are looking for. 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 that 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 for horses, 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. I’d recommend getting it from a specialist pest control store like DoMyOwn.com. My second choice would be Amazon. Just make sure it’s from a reliable seller.
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 scabies is 200mcg per kg. This is the official 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 weight 60 kilograms, you would take four pills.
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.
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.