Which medications in the drug class Anthelminthics are used in the treatment of Adult Blepharitis?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: R Scott Lowery, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Anthelminthics

For patients with refractory blepharitis, ivermectin has been used off-label to lessen the number of Demodex folliculorum found in the lashes. Ivermectin is a broad-spectrum antiparasitic drug.

Ivermectin (Stromectol)

Binds selectively with glutamate-gated chloride ion channels in invertebrate nerve and muscle cells, causing cell death. Off-label use has been described for blepharitis associated with Demodex folliculorum.


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