Elimite is used to treat head lice and scabies.
Dosage and direction
Massage the cream into your skin from the head to the soles of the feet. This medication should be used also on the scalp, temple and forehead if applied to children, infants and geriatric patients. The usual quantity needed to treat an adult is 30 gm. Usually one treatment is sufficient to treat the infection. Do not apply to irritated skin, open cuts or wounds. Do not take orally. Avoid getting of the medication to the nose, mouth, eyes, or genitals. Repeat the treatment if lice are still seen a week after your first application.
To prevent reinfection treat your environment (clothing, bedding, hats, hair brushes, pillows, furniture and accessories) when you treat your body. Wash all your clothes, towels and bed linens in hot water and dry in high heat. Treat with permethrin surfaces, spray furniture in your house. During treatment avoid sexual contacts or be sure that all sexual partners are treated to prevent re-infestation of crabs. To avoid spreading of the infection do not share your hair accessories, hair brushes, combs, hats, bed linens, clothing, and other articles of personal use. Do not use Elimite while breastfeeding.
Patients allergic to permethrin or to chrysanthemums should not use this drug. Do not use the cream while you are breastfeeding.
Possible side effect
This medication is usually well tolerated. It was reported about rare cases of pruritus, erythema, numbness, rash, tingling. Symptoms of allergic reaction are also possible: rash, hives, facial swelling, itching, mild burning, numbness or tingling, stinging, or redness.
Elimite applied topically is not likely to interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor about all medications and herbal products you use.
Usually this medication is used only once. Repeat treatment in seven days if necessary.
Symptoms of Elimite overdose are unknown. Contact your doctor immediately if you suspect overdose.
Store tablets at room temperature between 15-30 C (59-86 F) in a dry tight container away from moisture and sunlight.