Permethrin Cream Rinse

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Permethrin Cream Rinse

Generic Name: Permethrin Cream Rinse (per-METH-rin)
Brand Name: Nix

Permethrin Cream Rinse is used for:

Treating head lice.

Permethrin Cream Rinse is a scabicide. It works by killing lice, although this process is not fully understood. It may attack the nervous system of adult lice or interfere with the development of the eggs they produce.

Do NOT use Permethrin Cream Rinse if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Permethrin Cream Rinse

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Permethrin Cream Rinse:

Some medical conditions may interact with Permethrin Cream Rinse. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Permethrin Cream Rinse. Because little, if any, of Permethrin Cream Rinse is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Permethrin Cream Rinse may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Permethrin Cream Rinse:

Use Permethrin Cream Rinse as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Before using, wash hair with regular shampoo and towel dry.
  • Apply enough of Permethrin Cream Rinse to saturate hair and scalp, especially behind the ears and on the nape of the neck. Leave on hair for 10 minutes, but no longer. Rinse with water.
  • If live lice are observed after 7 days or more after the first application, treat hair and scalp a second time.
  • Head lice live on the scalp and lay small white eggs (nits) on the hair close to the scalp. For proper head lice management, remove eggs with the comb provided.
  • All personal headgear, scarves, coats, and bed linen should be disinfected by machine washing in hot water and drying. Use the hot cycle of a dryer for at least 20 minutes.
  • Personal articles of clothing or bedding that cannot be washed or dried by machine may be dry cleaned, sealed in a plastic bag for a period of about 2 weeks, or sprayed with a product specifically designed for this purpose.
  • Personal combs and brushes may be disinfected by soaking in hot water above 130 degrees F (54 degrees C) for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Thoroughly vacuum rooms, including furniture, of individuals infected with lice.
  • If you miss a dose of Permethrin Cream Rinse, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Permethrin Cream Rinse.

Important safety information:

  • Permethrin Cream Rinse is for external use only. Do not use it near the eyes or allow it to come into contact with the inside of the nose, mouth, or genitals. Irritation may occur if Permethrin Cream Rinse comes into contact with these areas. If Permethrin Cream Rinse gets in your eyes, flush with water immediately.
  • Permethrin Cream Rinse is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 2 months of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Permethrin Cream Rinse during pregnancy. It is unknown if Permethrin Cream Rinse is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Permethrin Cream Rinse.

Possible side effects of Permethrin Cream Rinse:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Itching; mild burning or stinging; redness; swelling.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (, or emergency room immediately. Permethrin Cream Rinse may be harmful if swallowed. Symptoms may include dizziness; headache; loss of appetite; loss of consciousness; seizures; vomiting; weakness.

Proper storage of Permethrin Cream Rinse:

Store Permethrin Cream Rinse at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, light, and moisture. Keep Permethrin Cream Rinse out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Permethrin Cream Rinse, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Permethrin Cream Rinse is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Permethrin Cream Rinse. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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