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Permethrin cream, marketed under the brand names Elimite, Nix and others, is a medication frequently used in the treatment of scabies in humans. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies provides  patients who need Permethrin prescriptions at our home pharmacy or via free local deliveries for prescription refills.

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  • Usage

    Permethrin cream 5% is utilized in treating people infected with scabies. Permethrin is a synthetic medication similar to compounds found in the chrysanthemum flower and is fairly effective in destroying mites and eggs. Permethrin is also an insecticide with effectiveness in the treatment of lice, ticks and fleas. Permethrin is thought to work by interfering with activities of the nervous systems in some types of parasites and lice but the exact mechanism is not fully understood. Permethrin is also used in agriculture as a way to control parasitic infections and as an insect repellant. In humans, Elimite cream should be used topically only. When found as a permethrin 5% cream, each gram of cream contains permethrin 50 mg.

  • Permethrin – Side Effects

    Permethrin, like other medications, can cause side effects when used. Side effects related to permethrin use include redness, irritation, pain and itching at the site of application. Permethrin can also cause edema. People with a known hypersensitivity or past allergy to permethrin cream should not use the medication. Permethrin cream and alcohol should not be used together. Questions about possible side effects related to permethrin cream use should be directed to one’s provider and pharmacist before using the medication.

  • Cost Information

    Permethrin cream is moderately affordable, costing under $40 for a 60 gram permethrin 5% cream tube at many pharmacies. Some insurance plans may cover any out-of-pocket costs related to an Elimite cream prescription. Also, it is good to know the permethrin cream coupons may be available online to reduce the cost of treatment. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies takes pride in offering the most cost efficient services and prescriptions to our patients.

  • Dosage

    Permethrin is metabolized by the cytochrome P450 system in the liver into metabolites and is excreted in the urine. Many medical providers will prescribe two applications of permethrin cream one week apart to maximize its effectiveness. When used this way, a typical regimen is to apply permethrin cream from head to toe overnight (up to 14 hours) and then was the cream off. Clothes and sheets should also be washed in hot water during times in which permethrin cream is applied to the body. In general, topical permethrin ointment is thought to have minimal systemic absorption with little to no toxicity in humans.

  • CDC Information

    Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.


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