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Permethrin

Generic Name: permethrin topical (per METH rin)
Brand Name: Acticin, Elimite, Lice Bedding Spray, Nix Lice Control, RID Home Lice Control Spray for Surfaces, ...show all 16 brand names
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Drug Information:
Permethrin is an anti-parasite medication. Permethrin topical (for the skin) is used to treat head lice and scabies. Permethrin topical may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide. Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use. You should not use permethrin topical if you are allergic to permethrin or to chrysanthemums. Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions. Learn more

Permethrin Side Effects

Permethrin topical Side Effects

In Summary

More frequently reported side effects include: local pruritus. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to permethrin topical: topical cream, topical liquid, topical lotion

Along with its needed effects, permethrin topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Some side effects of permethrin topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common or rare

  • Burning, itching, numbness, rash, redness, stinging, swelling, or tingling of the scalp

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to permethrin topical: topical cream, topical kit, topical lotion, topical solution, topical spray

Local

Local side effects have included mild and transient burning and stinging usually associated with the severity of infestation.

Dermatologic

Dermatological side effects have included pruritus (7%), erythema (1% to 2%), and rash (1% to 2%).

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included numbness and tingling (1% to 2%). Headache and dizziness have also been reported. Rare occurrences of seizure have been reported; however, an association with the use of permethrin topical has not been confirmed.

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects have included abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea and/or vomiting.

General

General side effects have included fever.

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Permethrin