permethrin topical cream, Nix Cream, Elimite

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What is permethrin-topical cream, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Permethrin is a topical cream used to treat scabies. Permethrin is a neurotoxin that works by paralyzing nerves in respiratory muscles of scabies, causing their death. The FDA approved permethrin in August 1989.

What brand names are available for permethrin-topical cream?

Elimite, Nix Cream

Is permethrin-topical cream available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for permethrin-topical cream?

Yes

What are the uses for permethrin-topical cream?

Permethrin 5% cream is prescribed for the treatment of scabies.

What are the side effects of permethrin-topical cream?

: Common side effects of permethrin are:

  • mild-to-moderate burning and stinging,
  • itching,
  • tingling,
  • rash,
  • swelling of the scalp, and
  • redness.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/1/2016

Quick GuideRingworm: Treatment, Pictures, Causes, and Symptoms

Ringworm: Treatment, Pictures, Causes, and Symptoms
FDA Logo

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.

RxList Logo

Need help identifying pills and medications?

Use the pill identifier tool on RxList.

Subscribe to MedicineNet's Skin Care & Conditions Newsletter

By clicking Submit, I agree to the MedicineNet's Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of MedicineNet's subscriptions at any time.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors