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crotamiton (Topical route)

kroe-TAM-i-ton

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Eurax

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Cream
  • Lotion

Therapeutic Class: Scabicide

Uses For crotamiton

Crotamiton is used to treat scabies infection. It is also used to relieve the itching of certain skin conditions.

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crotamiton is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Before Using crotamiton

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For crotamiton, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to crotamiton or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Studies on crotamiton have been done only in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of crotamiton in children with use in other age groups.

Geriatric

Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects or problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing use of crotamiton in the elderly with use in other age groups.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category Explanation
All Trimesters C Animal studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women OR no animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women.

Breast Feeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Interactions with Medicines

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of crotamiton. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Severely inflamed skin or raw oozing areas of the skin—Use of crotamiton on these areas may make the condition worse

Proper Use of crotamiton

Keep crotamiton away from the mouth. It may be harmful if swallowed.

Use crotamiton only as directed. Do not use it more often than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.

Keep crotamiton away from the eyes and other mucous membranes, such as the inside of the nose. It may cause irritation. If you should accidentally get some in your eyes, flush them thoroughly with water at once.

crotamiton usually comes with patient directions. Read them carefully before using.

If you take a bath or shower before using crotamiton, dry the skin well before applying crotamiton.

For patients using crotamiton for scabies:

  • Apply enough medicine to cover the entire skin surface from the chin down, and rub in well. This applies especially to folds and creases in the skin and to the hands, feet (including the soles), between fingers and toes, and moist areas (such as underarms and groin).
  • Do not wash off the first coat of crotamiton.
  • Apply a second coat of crotamiton 24 hours after the first one.
  • The next day, put on freshly washed or dry-cleaned clothing and change bedding in order to prevent reinfection.
  • Then, 48 hours after the second application of crotamiton, take a cleansing bath to remove the medicine.
  • Your sexual partners, especially, and all members of your household may need to be treated also, since the infection may spread to persons in close contact. If these persons are not being treated or if you have any questions about this, check with your doctor.

Dosing

The dose of crotamiton will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of crotamiton. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For topical dosage forms (cream and lotion):
    • For scabies:
      • Adults—Use two times. Apply one time the first day, and one time the second day. For severe cases, treatment may be repeated one time after one week.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For pruritus:
      • Adults—Use when necessary according to the directions on the label or your doctor's instructions.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Precautions While Using crotamiton

If your condition does not improve or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor.

For patients using crotamiton for scabies:

  • To prevent reinfection or spreading of the infection to other people, good health habits are also required. These include machine washing all underwear, pajamas, sheets, pillowcases, towels, and washcloths in very hot water and drying them using the hot cycle of a dryer. Clothing or bedding that cannot be washed in this way should be dry cleaned.

crotamiton Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

Rare
  • Skin irritation or rash not present before use of crotamiton

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

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