What is Acticin (permethrin topical)?
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.
In clinical trials, generally mild and transient burning and stinging followed application with permethrin cream in 10% of patients and was associated with the severity of infestation. Pruritis was reported in 7% of patients at various times post- application. Erythema, numbness, tingling, and rash were reported in 1 to 2% or less of patients (see PRECAUTIONS: General).
Patients wlth scabies should be advised that itching, mild burning and/ or stinging may occur after application of permethrin cream. In clinical trials, approximately 75% of patients treated with permethrin cream who continued to manifest pruritis at 2 weeks had cessation by 4 weeks. If irritation persists, they should consult their physician. Permethrin cream may be very mildly irritating to the eyes. Patients should be advised to avoid contact with eyes during application and to flush with water immediately if permethrin cream gets in the eyes.
For the Consumer
Applies to permethrin topical: topical cream, topical liquid, topical lotion, topical spray
Along with its needed effects, permethrin topical (the active ingredient contained in Acticin) 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
Permethrin topical Breastfeeding Warnings
There are no data on the excretion of permethrin into human milk. The manufacturer recommends that a decision be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue permethrin, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.
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