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In clinical trials, generally mild and transient burning and stinging followed application with ELIMITE® (permethrin) 5% Cream in 10% of patients and was associated with the severity of infestation. Pruritus was reported in 7% of patients at various times post-application. Erythema, numbness, tingling, and rash were reported in 1 to 2% or less of patients (see PRECAUTIONS: General). Other adverse events reported since marketing ELIMITE® (permethrin) 5% Cream include: headache, fever, dizziness, abdominal pain, diarrhea and nausea and/or vomiting. Although extremely uncommon and not expected when used as directed (See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION), rare occurrences of seizure have been reported. None have been medically confirmed as associated with ELIMITE (permethrin) ® treatment.
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Last reviewed on RxList: 4/30/2009
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