Brand Names : Acticin Cream, Elimite Cream, Nix Cream Rinse
Before Using This Medicine
If you are using this medicine
without a prescription, carefully read any precautions on the label. For topical
permethrin, the following should be considered:
Allergies - Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or
allergic reaction to permethrin; to other synthetic pyrethroids, such as those
found in household insecticides; to pyrethrins or chrysanthemums; or to veterinary
insecticides containing permethrin. Also tell your health care professional
if you are allergic to any other substances, such as preservatives or dyes.
Pregnancy - Permethrin has not been studied in pregnant women.
However, this medication has not been shown to cause birth defects or other
problems in animal studies.
Breast-feeding - It is not known whether permethrin passes into
the breast milk. However, animal studies have shown that permethrin can cause
tumors. Be sure you have discussed the risks and benefits of the medicine
with your doctor.
Children - Studies on this medicine have been done only in adult
patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of topical permethrin
in children with use in other age groups.
Older adults - Many medicines have not been studied specifically
in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly
the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects
or problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing use
of topical permethrin in the elderly with use in other age groups.
Other medicines - Although certain medicines should not be used
together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together
even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to
change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your health care
professional if you are using any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter
[OTC]) medicine that is to be applied to the hair, scalp, or skin.
Other medical problems - The presence of other medical
problems may affect the use of topical permethrin. Make sure you tell your
doctor if you have other medical problems, especially:
Severe inflammation of the scalp - Use of permethrin may make
the condition worse