What is permethrin-topical cream, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Permethrin is a topical cream used to treat
scabies. Permethrin is a neurotoxin that works by paralyzing nerves in
respiratory muscles of scabies, causing their death. The FDA approved permethrin
in August 1989.
What brand names are available for permethrin-topical cream?
Elimite, Nix Cream
Is permethrin-topical cream available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for permethrin-topical cream?
What are the uses for permethrin-topical cream?
Permethrin 5% cream is prescribed for the treatment of
What are the side effects of permethrin-topical cream?
: Common side effects of permethrin are:
What is the dosage for permethrin-topical cream?
For adults and children, the usual dose is a generous amount of cream
from head to feet, left on for 8 to 14 hours, then washed with soap and water.
This may be repeated in 14 days if necessary.
Safe and effective use of permethrin is not established in pediatric patients younger than 2 months of age.
Which drugs or supplements interact with permethrin-topical cream?
There are no significant drug interactions with permethrin.
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Is permethrin-topical cream safe to take if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies done with permethrin to determine
safe and effective use in pregnant women.
What else should I know about permethrin-topical cream?
What preparations of permethrin-topical cream are available?
Permethrin is available as a 5% cream in 60 gram tube.
How should I keep permethrin-topical cream stored?
Permethrin cream should be stored at room temperature from 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F).