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Brand Names: Elimite, Lice Bedding Spray, Nix Complete Lice Treatment System, Nix Cream Rinse, Nix Lice Control, RID Home Lice Control Spray for Surfaces

Generic Name: permethrin topical (Pronunciation: per METH rin)

What is permethrin topical (Elimite, Lice Bedding Spray, Nix Complete Lice Treatment System, Nix Cream Rinse, Nix Lice Control, RID Home Lice Control Spray for Surfaces)?

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.

What are the possible side effects of permethrin topical?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have severe burning, stinging, redness, or swelling after applying permethrin topical.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • itching or mild skin rash;
  • mild burning, stinging, or redness; or
  • numbness or tingling where the medication was applied.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about permethrin topical?

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.

Do not take this medication by mouth. It is for use only on the skin, hair, fabrics, or other surfaces. Do not apply permethrin topical to open cuts or wounds.

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to permethrin or to chrysanthemums.

For the most complete treatment of lice or scabies and to prevent reinfection, you must treat your environment (clothing, bedding, pillows, furniture, hats, hair brushes and accessories, etc) at the same time you treat your body.

Avoid sexual or intimate contact with others until your lice or scabies infection has cleared up. Avoid sharing hair brushes, combs, hair accessories, hats, clothing, bed linens, and other articles of personal use. Lice and scabies infections are highly contagious.



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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