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What is Permethrin used for?

Permethrin is a topical cream used to treat scabies, which is caused by tiny insects called mites. This antiparasitic medication belongs to a class of drugs known as pyrethrins. Permethrin works by paralyzing and killing the mites that irritate your skin. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Permethrin?

The dosage of Permethrin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you overdose on Permethrin?

Any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Permethrin, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Permethrin?

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Permethrin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Permethrin?

Like other medicines, Permethrin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Permethrin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Permethrin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Permethrin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Permethrin can cause side effects such as itching, mild burning, tingling, numbness, redness, or irritation at the application site. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Permethrin.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Permethrin?

Is it possible for me to apply Permethrin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I apply Permethrin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Permethrin?
How will Permethrin work in my body?
How should Permethrin be applied?
How to reduce the risk of Permethrin drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Permethrin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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