Does Elimite (permethrin) cause side effects?
Common side effects of Elimite include
Serious side effects of Elimite include
- severe burning,
- redness, or
There are no significant drug interactions with Elimite. There are no adequate studies done with Elimite to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women. It is unknown if Elimite enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in breastfeeding mothers.
Elimite (permethrin) side effects list for healthcare professionals
In clinical trials, generally mild and transient burning and stinging followed application with Elimite (permethrin) 5% Cream in 10% of patients and was associated with the severity of infestation. Pruritus 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. Other adverse events reported since marketing Elimite (permethrin) 5% Cream include:
Although extremely uncommon and not expected when used as directed, rare occurrences of seizure have been reported. None have been medically confirmed as associated with Elimite treatment.
Elimite (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. Common side effects of Elimite include mild-to-moderate burning and stinging, itching, tingling, rash, swelling of the scalp, and redness. There are no significant drug interactions with Elimite. There are no adequate studies done with Elimite to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women. It is unknown if Elimite enters breast milk.
Multimedia: Slideshows, Images & Quizzes
Viral Skin Rashes: A Guide to Itchy Rashes, Blisters, and Sores
Your skin breaks out in itchy rashes, painful blisters, or crusty sores. Allergies? Eczema? The answer could be a viral infection.
Skin Infections: Types, Causes, and Symptoms
Viruses, bacteria, and fungi can all cause skin infections. What is scabies? Learn about golden staph infections, cellulitis,...
Skin Problems: Guide to Contagious Rashes
Some skin problems come from touching another person's skin or something they touched. Here's what to watch out for and...
What Is Scabies? Rash, Treatment, Symptoms, Pictures
Get the facts on scabies (itch mite) causes, signs and symptoms. Learn what scabies looks like and how to treat it through these...
Skin Diseases: 15 Uncommon Skin Conditions
Genetic illnesses, health conditions, or infections cause your skin to react in unusual ways. Learn about these conditions and...
Skin Conditions Quiz: Common Skin Diseases
Could you identify a scabies infestation? Take the Skin Diseases Pictures Quiz and learn to identify common conditions that...
Picture of Scabies 1
Human scabies is an intensely pruritic skin infestation caused by the host-specific mite Sarcoptes scabiei hominis. Approximately...
Picture of Scabies
Infestation of the skin by the human itch mite, Sarcaptes scabies. See a picture of Scabies Bites and learn more about the health...
Picture of Scabies 2
Inflammatory nodular lesions involving the axillae and the diaper area are particularly typical of scabies in the very young...
Picture of Scabies 3
This figure illustrates burrows that are diagnostic of scabies. See a picture of Scabies and learn more about the health topic.
Picture of Skin
The skin is the largest organ of the body, with a total area of about 20 square feet. See a picture of the Skin and learn more...
Skin Problems and Treatments: Surprising Reasons You're Itchy
Find out some unexpected causes of your itchiness, such as thyroid problems, cancer treatments, pregnancy, diabetes, and more.
Children’s Health: 11 Causes of Common Skin Rashes
What causes skin rashes in children? See which chemicals in your home could be causing your child's skin rash, irritated skin,...
Easy Skin Care Tips for Guys
Guys, want some great skin care tips? Looking good doesn’t have to take hours. Learn how to shave without razor bumps, solutions...
15 Ways to Wreck Your Skin
Avoid skin damage by shunning bad habits like tanning, popping pimples, exfoliating too much, poor diet, smoking, and using the...
Related Disease Conditions
Scabies are itch mites that burrow under the skin and produce intense itching that's usually worse at night. Symptoms of scabies are small bumps and blisters on the wrists, knees, between the fingers, on the back of the elbows, in the groin and on the buttocks. Treatment involves applying a mite-killing cream, antihistamines for itch relief, washing bedclothes and linens.
Is Scabies Contagious?
The Sarcoptes scabiei mite causes scabies in humans. Close skin-to-skin contact can transmit scabies. The incubation period for scabies may be up to eight weeks. People with a scabies infestation will have a very itchy rash with burrows in the skin caused by the itch mite.
Treatment & Diagnosis
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.
Professional side effects and drug interactions sections courtesy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.