Generic Name: Permethrin

  • What is Permethrin?

    Permethrin is a topical cream (applied directly on the skin) that is used to treat scabies.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Permethrin?

    Permethrin is for external use only. Do not use it in your eyes. If exposure occurs, rinse your eyes with water immediately.

    Permethrin can cause allergic reactions or worsening of itching, swelling, or redness when it is applied. Tell your doctor immediately if this occurs or if irritation persists.

  • Who should not take Permethrin?

    Do not use permethrin if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Permethrin?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with permethrin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥2 months: Apply onto your skin from your head to the soles of your feet. One application should be sufficient.

  • How should I take Permethrin?

    Apply permethrin as prescribed by your doctor. Thoroughly massage the cream into your skin from your head to the soles of your feet. Wash the cream off your body completely after 8-14 hours. Tell your doctor if you notice living mites after 14 days; retreatment may be necessary.

    Infants should be treated on the scalp, temple, and forehead.

  • What should I avoid while taking Permethrin?

    Do not use permethrin in your eyes.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Permethrin?

    No significant interactions have been reported with permethrin at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Permethrin?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal pain, burning and stinging skin, diarrhea, dizziness, fever, headache, itching, nausea, numbness, rash, redness, tingling, vomiting

  • Can I receive Permethrin if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of permethrin during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Permethrin?

    Permethrin should be used under special circumstances determined by your doctor. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

  • How should I store Permethrin?

    Store at room temperature.