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  • Soolantra® is indicated for the topical treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea (papulopustular) in adult patients


  • One gram of cream contains 10 mg of ivermectin
  • One application a day for up to 4 months. Soolantra® should be applied daily over the treatment course. The treatment course may be repeated. It can be applied as monotherapy or as part of combination treatment
  • In case of no improvement after 3 months, the treatment should be discontinued.

Method of administration1

  • Cutaneous use only
  • Cutaneous application of a pea-size amount of medicinal product to each of the five areas of the face: forehead, chin, nose, and each cheek. The medicinal product should be spread as a thin layer across the entire face, avoiding the eyes, lips and mucosa
  • Soolantra should be applied only to the face
  • Hands should be washed after applying the medicinal product
  • Cosmetics may be applied after the medicinal product has dried.

Mode of action1

  • Ivermectin is a member of the avermectin class. Avermectin has anti-inflammatory effects by inhibiting lipopolysaccharide-induced production of inflammatory cytokines
  • Ivermectin also causes death of parasites, primarily through binding selectively and with high affinity to glutamate-gated chloride channels, which occur in invertebrate nerve and muscle cells
  • The mechanism of action of Soolantra® in treating the inflammatory lesions of rosacea is not known but may be linked to anti-inflammatory effects of ivermectin as well as causing the death of Demodex mites that have been reported to be a factor in inflammation of the skin.

Warnings and precautions1

  • Patients may experience transient aggravation of rosacea, which usually resolves within 1 week under continuation of the treatment as might be expected due to a reaction to the dying Demodex mites
  • In case of severe worsening with a strong dermal reaction, the treatment should be discontinued
  • Soolantra has not been studied in patients with renal or hepatic impairment
  • The medicinal product contains:
    • cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol which may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis)
    • methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218) and propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216) which may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed)
    • and propylene glycol which may cause skin irritation.

Undesirable effects1

  • The most commonly reported adverse reactions are skin burning sensation, skin irritation, pruritus and dry skin, all occurring in 1% or less of patients treated with the medicinal product in clinical trials
    • they are typically mild-to-moderate in severity, and usually decrease when treatment is continued.

Guideline recommendations

  • Primary Care Dermatology Society (PCDS)2
    • has a high strength of recommendation for ivermectin in the treatment of inflammatory papules and pustules of rosacea
  • All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) advice3
    • Ivermectin (Soolantra®) is recommended as an option for use within NHS Wales for the topical treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea (papulopustular) in adult patients.
  • Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) advice4
    • following a full submission, ivermectin (Soolantra®) is accepted for restricted use within NHS Scotland
    • indication under review: Topical treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea (papulopustular) in adult patients
    • SMC restriction: the treatment of moderate to severe inflammatory lesions of rosacea where a topical treatment is considered appropriate.
  • NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries5
    • Invermectin is recommended topically as first-line treatment for mild-to-moderate papules and/or pustules of rosacea.

Clinical evidence

  • Soolantra® is more effective versus metronidazole 0.75% cream in reducing inflammatory lesions (83% reduction versus 73.7%, p<0.001 at week 16, n=962)6
  • Soolantra® gives more time clear (Investigator Global Assessment (IGA) 0[A]) from rosacea7
  • Soolantra® extends median time to relapse versus metronidazole 0.75% cream (115 days versus 85 days, p=0.0365)7
  • ‘Clear’ (IGA 0) improved quality of like 50% versus ‘almost clear’ (IBA 1) across all 6 aspects covered by the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) including social life and personal relationships (mean reduction from baseline; 6.1 versus 4.0, p<0.001).8


  1. Galderma UK Ltd. Soolantra 10mg/g Cream—summary of product characteristics. (accessed August 2021)
  2. Primary Care Dermatology Society.Concise guidance: National Primary Care Treatment and Referral Guidelines for Common Skin Conditions—Rosacea. PCDS, 2021. Available at: (accessed August 2021)
  3. All Wales Medicines Strategy Group. ivermectin (Soolantra®). AWMSG, 2016 (last reviewed March 2019). Available at:
  4. Scottish Medicines Consortium. ivermectin (Soolantra®). SMC, 2015. Available at:
  5. NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries. Rosacea: Scenario: Rosacea. NICE, last revised January 2021. Available at: (accessed August 2021)
  6. Taieb A et al. Superiority of ivermectin 1% cream over metronidazole 0·75% cream in treating inflammatory lesions of rosacea: a randomized, investigator-blinded trial. Br J Dermatol, 2015; 172: 1103–1110
  7. Taieb A et al. Maintenance of remission following successful treatment of papulopustular rosacea with ivermectin 1% cream vs. metronidazole 0.75% cream: 36-week extension of the ATTRACT randomized study. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereo, 2015; 30: 829–36
  8. Webster G et al. Defining treatment success in rosacea as ‘clear’ may provide multiple patient benefits: results of a pooled analysis. J Dermatolog Treat, 2017; 28: 469–474

[A] The severity of rosacea is measured using a 5-point IGA scale in order to define the success of treatment, A final score of IGA 0 is ‘clear’ of rosacea lesions and erythema. 

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Date of preparation: September 2021