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Permethrin topical Side Effects

It is possible that some side effects of permethrin topical 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 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

Local side effects have included mild and transient burning and stinging usually associated with the severity of infestation.[Ref]

Dermatologic

Dermatological side effects have included pruritus (7%), erythema (1% to 2%), and rash (1% to 2%).[Ref]

Nervous system

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 has not been confirmed.[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects have included abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea and/or vomiting.[Ref]

General

General side effects have included fever.[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Elimite (permethrin topical)." Allergan Inc, Irvine, CA.

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. The information is not a substitute for the knowledge and judgement of a healthcare professional. Always consult with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist before taking medication.

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