Nix Side Effects
Generic Name: permethrin topical
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug permethrin topical. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Nix.
It is possible that some side effects of Nix may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
For the Consumer
Applies to permethrin topical: topical cream, topical liquid, topical lotion, topical spray
As well as its needed effects, permethrin topical (the active ingredient contained in Nix) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
Some permethrin topical side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:Less common or rare
- Burning, itching, numbness, rash, redness, stinging, swelling, or tingling of the scalp
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to permethrin topical: topical cream, topical kit, topical lotion, topical solution, topical spray
Local side effects have included mild and transient burning and stinging usually associated with the severity of infestation.[Ref]
Dermatological side effects have included pruritus (7%), erythema (1% to 2%), and rash (1% to 2%).[Ref]
Nervous system side effects have included numbness and tingling (1% to 2%). Headache and dizziness have also been reported. Rare occurrences of seizure have been reported; however, an association with the use of permethrin topical (the active ingredient contained in Nix) has not been confirmed.[Ref]
Gastrointestinal side effects have included abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea and/or vomiting.[Ref]
General side effects have included fever.[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Elimite (permethrin topical)." Allergan Inc, Irvine, CA.
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