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    Information about Permethrin

    Permethrin uses

    Permethrin is used in the treatment of scabies and head lice.

    How permethrin works

    Permethrin is an antiparasitic medication. It works by killing the tiny insects (mites) and their eggs, which cause scabies. It also kills head lice which attach to your scalp and irritate it.

    Common side effects of permethrin

    Skin burn, Stinging sensation
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Saleh Rifai
    BCMAS, Pharm.D
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    19 Jul 2018 | 03:58 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Permethrin

    • Inform you doctor if you have any skin conditions or allergies to medicines, food or other substances, asthma, or if you have any other medical conditions. 
    • Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes and wear gloves to avoid irritation to hands. If permethrin is accidentally introduced into the eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water. 
    • Apply the medication on small part of the hair to ensure it does not affect coloured or permed hair before application to entire head.
    • Check hair for active infestation with lice or nits after one repetition of treatment after 14 days as you may be at risk of developing resistance to treatment.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

    Frequently asked questions for Permethrin


    Q. Is Permethrin over the counter medicine?

    Permethrin is not an over the counter medicine. It is sold only upon a prescription by a registered medical practitioner.

    Content on this page was last updated on 19 July, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)