Soolantra (ivermectin) is a brand-name drug that’s prescribed for rosacea in adults. Soolantra comes as a topical cream that’s typically applied once per day.

Soolantra belongs to a drug class called antiparasitics. Soolantra is available in a generic version called ivermectin.

Keep reading for specific information about the dosage of Soolantra, including its strength and how to use the medication. For a comprehensive look at Soolantra, see this article.

Note: This article describes typical dosages for Soolantra provided by the drug’s manufacturer. When using Soolantra, always follow the dosage prescribed by your doctor.

Read below for the recommended dosage of Soolantra and other details about the drug.

Soolantra form

Soolantra comes as a topical cream that you apply to your skin.

Soolantra strength

Soolantra comes in one strength of 1%.

Typical dosages

The following information describes dosages that are commonly prescribed or recommended in adults. However, be sure to use the dosage your doctor prescribes for you. Your doctor will determine the best dosage to fit your needs.

Dosage for rosacea

Doctors may prescribe Soolantra to treat rosacea.

If your doctor prescribes Soolantra for rosacea, you’ll apply it to the affected areas of your face once per day.

For more information about your specific dosage, talk with your doctor.

Long-term treatment

Soolantra is meant to be used as a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that Soolantra is safe and effective for you, you’ll likely use it long term.

Before you start using Soolantra, your doctor will discuss your treatment plan with you.

To treat rosacea, you’ll apply Soolantra to the affected areas of your skin once per day. Use a pea-sized amount for each area of your face that’s affected (chin, cheeks, nose, forehead). Spread a thin layer of Soolantra onto your skin and avoid your eyes and lips.

If you have questions about how to use Soolantra, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.


Some pharmacies offer labels with large print, braille, or a code you scan with a smartphone to convert text to speech. If your local pharmacy doesn’t have these options, your doctor or pharmacist might be able to recommend a pharmacy that does.

To help make sure that you don’t forget to use your Soolantra, try using a medication reminder. This can include setting an alarm or putting a note where you’ll see it, such as on your bathroom mirror or bedside table. You could also download a reminder app on your phone.

It’s important that you don’t use more Soolantra than your doctor prescribes. It’s also important not to apply Soolantra anywhere except your face. For some medications, using more than the recommended amount may lead to harmful effects or overdose.

Effects of an overdose

Overdose effects of Soolantra can include:

  • skin rash or itchiness
  • swelling
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • loss of muscle strength
  • seizures
  • difficulty walking
  • shortness of breath
  • tingling of the hands or feet

If you use more than the recommended amount of Soolantra

Call your doctor right away if you believe you’ve used too much Soolantra or if you’ve accidentally ingested it. Another option is to call America’s Poison Centers at 800-222-1222 or use its online tool. If you have severe symptoms, immediately call 911 or your local emergency number, or go to the nearest emergency room.

Below are some frequently asked questions about Soolantra.

Is the dosage of Soolantra similar to the dosage of Finacea?

Not really. Although both drugs are prescribed for rosacea, their forms and how often you apply them are different. Soolantra comes as a cream that’s applied once per day, while Finacea (azelaic acid) comes as a gel or foam that’s applied twice per day.

The strength of each drug also differs because they have different active ingredients. Your doctor will prescribe the drug and dosage that’s right for you.

To learn more about how these drugs compare, talk with your doctor.

How long does it take for Soolantra to start working?

Soolantra starts to work after your first dose. However, it may take up to 12 weeks of consistently using Soolantra to see an improvement in your rosacea symptoms. Keep track of your symptoms and let your doctor know if the treatment isn’t working for you.

Talk with your doctor if you have questions about what to expect with Soolantra treatment.

The dosages in this article are typical dosages provided by the drug’s manufacturer. If your doctor recommends Soolantra for you, they’ll prescribe the dosage that’s right for you. Always follow the dosage that your doctor prescribes.

As with any drug, never change your dosage of Soolantra without your doctor’s recommendation. If you have questions about the dosage of Soolantra that’s best for you, talk with your doctor.

Besides learning about dosage, you may want other information about Soolantra. These additional articles might be helpful:

  • More about Soolantra: For information about other aspects of Soolantra, refer to this article.
  • Side effects: To learn about the side effects of Soolantra, see this article. You can also look at the Soolantra prescribing information.
  • Details about rosacea: For details about your condition, see our dermatology hub.

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