permethrin topical (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using permethrin topical?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to permethrin or to chrysanthemums.
FDA pregnancy category B. Permethrin topical is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Permethrin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not use this medication on an infant younger than 2 months without the advice of a doctor.
How should I use permethrin topical?
Do not take this medication by mouth. It is for use only on the skin, hair, fabrics, or other surfaces.
Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.
You may need to shake the medication before each use. Follow the directions on the medicine label.
Do not apply permethrin topical to open cuts or wounds.
To treat scabies:
To treat head lice:
To treat pubic lice (crabs):
To prevent reinfection, wash all clothing, hats, bed clothes, bed linens, and towels in hot water and dry in high heat. Dry-clean any non-washable clothing. Hair brushes, combs, and hair accessories should be soaked in hot water for at least 10 minutes.
Use permethrin surface spray to disinfect non-washable items such as:
Stuffed toys or pillows that cannot be washed should be sealed in air-tight plastic bags for 4 weeks.
Vacuum all rugs and carpets and throw away the vacuum cleaner bag.
For the most complete treatment of lice or scabies, you must treat your environment (clothing, bedding, etc) at the same time you treat your body.
Store permethrin topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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