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All about: Permethrin Cream

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Generic Name: Permethrin Cream (per-METH-rin)
Brand Name: Examples include Acticin and Elimite

Permethrin Cream is used for:

Treating scabies.

Permethrin Cream is a scabicide. It works by killing the scabies mite (Sarcoptes scabiei).

Do NOT use Permethrin Cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Permethrin Cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Permethrin Cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Permethrin Cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Permethrin Cream. Because little, if any, of Permethrin Cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Permethrin Cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Permethrin Cream:

Use Permethrin Cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Thoroughly massage into the skin from the head to the soles of the feet. It is not necessary to put the medicine on the scalp except in children and older patients.
  • Remove the medicine by washing after 8 to 14 hours.
  • You may experience itching after treatment. This is not a sign of treatment failure. However if living mites are seen after 14 days, retreatment is necessary.
  • If you miss a dose of Permethrin Cream, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Permethrin Cream.

Important safety information:

  • Permethrin Cream is for external use only. Do not use it near the eyes or allow it to come into contact with the inside of the nose, mouth, or genitals. Irritation may occur if Permethrin Cream comes into contact with these areas. If Permethrin Cream gets in your eyes, flush with water immediately.
  • Permethrin Cream should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 months old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Permethrin Cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if Permethrin Cream is found in breast milk after topical use. Do not breast-feed while using Permethrin Cream.

Possible side effects of Permethrin Cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Itching; mild burning or stinging; redness; swelling.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Permethrin Cream may be harmful if swallowed. Symptoms may include dizziness; headache; loss of appetite; loss of consciousness; seizures; vomiting; weakness.

Proper storage of Permethrin Cream:

Store Permethrin Cream at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Permethrin Cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Permethrin Cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Permethrin Cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Permethrin Cream. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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