Brand Names : Acticin Cream, Elimite Cream, Nix Cream Rinse
Proper Use of This Medicine
Keep this medicine away from the eyes
. If you accidentally get some
in your eyes, flush them thoroughly with water at once.
Permethrin lotion which is used to treat lice, comes in a container that
holds only one treatment. Use as much of the medicine as you need and discard
any remaining lotion properly.
For the treatment of head lice (1% lotion):
Shampoo the hair and scalp using regular shampoo.
Thoroughly rinse and towel dry the hair and scalp.
Allow hair to air dry for a few minutes.
Shake the permethrin lotion well before applying.
Thoroughly wet the hair and scalp with the permethrin lotion. Be
sure to cover the areas behind the ears and on the back of the neck also.
Allow the lotion to remain in place for 10 minutes.
Then, rinse the hair and scalp thoroughly and dry with a clean towel.
When the hair is dry, you may want to comb the hair with a fine-toothed
comb to remove any remaining nits (eggs) or nit shells.
Head lice can be easily transferred from one person to another by direct
contact with clothing, hats, scarves, bedding, towels, washcloths, hairbrushes
and combs, or hairs from infected persons. Therefore, all members of your household should be examined for head lice and should
receive treatment if they are found to be infected
. If you have any
questions about this, check with your doctor.
For the treatment of scabies (5% cream):
Read package directions carefully before using.
Thoroughly wash and dry skin.
Massage the cream into the skin from the head to the soles of the
feet, paying special attention to creases in the skin, hands, feet, between
fingers and toes, underarms, and groin.
Scabies rarely infests the scalp of adults, although the hairline,
neck, side of the head, and forehead may be infested in older people and in
infants. Infants should be treated on the scalp, side of the head, and forehead.
Leave the permethrin cream on the skin for 8 to 14 hours.
Wash off by taking a shower or bath.
Change into clean clothes.
After treatment, itching may continue for up to 4 weeks.
Dosing - Follow your doctor's orders
or the directions on the label
. The following information includes
only the average dose of permethrin. If your dose is
different, do not change it
unless your doctor tells you to do so.
dosage forms (cream and
For head lice:
Adults and children 2 years of age and older - Apply to the hair
and scalp one time.
Children up to 2 years of age - Use and dose must be determined
by your doctor.
Adults and children 2 months of age and older - Apply to the
skin one time.
Children up to 2 months of age - Use and dose must be determined
by your doctor.
Storage - To store this medicine:
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store away from heat and direct light.
Keep this medicine from freezing. Do not refrigerate.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure
that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.