Avermectins are a class of natural products with broad antiparasitic activity. Ivermectin, a... more
Avermectins are a class of natural products with broad antiparasitic activity. Ivermectin, a prominent member of the avermectin family, is a drug that is used extensively in veterinary medicine to treat infections caused by nematode and arthropod parasites. Although ivermectin is generally safe for use in domestic animals, in the 1980s a number of clinical cases with neurological manifestation have been reported after ivermectin treatment. Neurotoxic symptoms include mydriasis, tremors, ataxia and anorexia. These symptoms occur at doses that are 1/200th of the dose required to cause toxicity in other dogs. Neurological manifestations of ivermectin in susceptible dogs also include hypersalivation, blindness, coma respiratory compromise and death.
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