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Generic name: crotamiton topicalcrow-TA-mi-ton ]
Drug class: Topical anti-infectives

Medically reviewed by Philip Thornton, DipPharm. Last updated on Aug 15, 2023.

What is Eurax?

Eurax is an anti-parasite medicine that kills certain parasites that live or lay eggs in your skin.

Eurax (for the skin) is used to treat scabies and to reduce itching associated with certain skin conditions.

Eurax may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.


Do not take Eurax by mouth.

Do not use more Eurax than is recommended.

Avoid application to the mouth, nose, or eyes.

Treat sexual and other close contacts who are also infected.

To prevent reinfection, wash all clothing, hats, bed clothes, bed linens, hair brushes, and combs with a strong cleanser in hot water to remove any mites or eggs.

Before using this medicine

You should not use Eurax if you have ever had an allergic reaction to crotamiton.

It is not known whether Eurax will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It is not known whether crotamiton topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Eurax is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How should I use Eurax?

Use Eurax exactly as directed by your doctor, or follow the directions that accompany the package. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not take by mouth. Eurax is for use only on the skin. Do not use this medicine on swollen or oozing skin. If this medicine gets in your eyes or mouth, rinse with water.

Shake the lotion well just before each use.

To treat itching:

To treat scabies:

Call your doctor if you still have itching 2 to 4 weeks after you finish treatment for scabies.

To prevent reinfection, wash all clothing, hats, bed clothes, bed linens, hair brushes, and combs with a strong cleanser in hot water to remove any mites or eggs.

Store Eurax at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Scabies:

Apply topically to entire body starting at the chin and working downwards. Be certain to apply to all folds and creases. Repeat application 24 hours after initial application. Change clothing and bed linen the following morning. Take a cleansing bath 48 hours after final application.

Usual Adult Dose for Pruritus:

Apply topically to affected area(s) massaging gently until completely absorbed. Repeat application as necessary.

What happens if I miss a dose?

You will need to use both doses of Eurax, 24 hours apart. If you miss the second dose, you may need to start your treatment over.

Call your doctor for instructions if you miss a dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of Eurax is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should I avoid while using Eurax?

Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes or mouth.

Parasite infestations are highly contagious. Using Eurax will not prevent you from passing scabies to other people. Avoid sexual or intimate contact until the infestation has cleared up. Also avoid sharing hair combs, hair accessories, hats, clothing, bed linens, and other articles of personal use.

Eurax side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Eurax: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

Common Eurax side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Eurax?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied crotamiton. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Eurax only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.