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Crotamiton is available as a lotion or cream.
Crotamiton can kill the
scabies mite and also may relieve itching.
The medicine will come with instructions. And your doctor will also give
you a treatment schedule. These
instructions for using scabies medicines are a general
guide for using scabies creams or ointments.
Crotamiton is used to kill scabies
mites and their eggs. It is less commonly used to treat scabies than are other
A medicine to treat a scabies
infestation is successful when it kills all scabies
mites and eggs. Crotamiton frequently fails to cure scabies.1 For this reason, permethrin or other medicine is usually
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if you have:
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor if you have:
Common side effects of this medicine include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is
not available in all systems.)
Take care to keep this medicine out of your eyes and mouth.
This medicine should not be applied to skin that is red, irritated, or weeping.
It is common for itching to continue for up to
several weeks after using a scabies medicine. This does not mean that the
scabies mites are still alive. It means that the body is still reacting to the
mites and their feces.
Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. Taking medicine as your doctor suggests will improve your health and may prevent future problems. If you don't take your medicines properly, you may be putting your health (and perhaps your life) at risk.
There are many reasons why people have trouble taking their medicine. But in most cases, there is something you can do. For suggestions on how to work around common problems, see the topic Taking Medicines as Prescribed.
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant, do not use any medicines unless your doctor tells you to. Some medicines can harm your baby. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements. And make sure that all your doctors know that you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
American Academy of Pediatrics (2012). Scabies. In LK Pickering et al., eds., Red Book: 2012 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 29th ed., pp. 641–. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
January 23, 2013
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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