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Elimite

Elimite Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Elimite (permethrin) 5% Cream topical (for the skin) is used to treat head lice and scabies. It is an anti-parasite medication. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include skin irritation, including itching, swelling, and redness, with scabies and may temporarily worsen after treatment. Mild burning or stinging may also occur.

Thoroughly massage Elimite 5% Cream into the skin from the head to the soles of the feet. Usually a 30-gram dose is sufficient for an average adult. The cream should be removed by washing (shower or bath) after 8 to 14 hours. One application is generally curative. It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied Elimite. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using Elimite. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Our Elimite (permethrin) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Patient Information in Detail?

Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.

Elimite in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have severe burning, stinging, redness, or swelling after applying permethrin topical.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • itching or mild skin rash;
  • mild burning, stinging, or redness; or
  • numbness or tingling where the medication was applied.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Elimite (Permethrin) »

What is Patient Information Overview?

A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.

Elimite Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS: Skin irritation, including itching, swelling, and redness, may occur with scabies and temporarily worsen after treatment with permethrin. Mild burning or stinging may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the entire patient information overview for Elimite (Permethrin)»

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Elimite FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

SIDE EFFECTS

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.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Elimite (Permethrin) »

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