Elimite is primarily used as a topical treatment for scabies and head lice.
How to take Elimite
Elimite is commonly available in prescribed five percent cream formulations, or over-the-counter one percent creme-rinse liquid. Massage affected areas on the skin, from head to sole with the medication (about thirty grams), and wash it off after eight to 14 hours. Avoid applications on wounds or open cuts, as these may cause the body to absorb too much of the drug. Breastfeeding women should consult first with a doctor, as the drug is passed on through breast milk.
Serious adverse effects are unlikely to happen. In cases of allergic reactions (swelling of the face, tongue, and lips; a shortness of breath; closing of the throat; and hives) stop applications and seek medical help. Other effects include swelling, itching, rashes, burning or stinging sensations, redness, tingling and numbness. If these symptoms worsen over time, inform a physician.
Avoid applications of the drug on the eyes, mouth, or the nose, to wounds and open cuts. If such instances occur, wash the area immediately with plenty of water. The infection may be highly contagious, so sharing articles for personal use such as hair combs, bed linens, hats, and hair accessories are strongly discouraged. Refrain from sexual contact with other people until the infection is fully cured. Never use the medication in amounts which are more than that prescribed by a doctor. Excessive use of Elimite may have dangerous effects on the health. Do not share the medication with others, and keep them away from children's reach.
Elimite may have an interaction with other topical application preparations; avoid applying other topical preparations on the area which is being treated with Elimite. Other medications may also have an interaction with Elimite; the user should consult with a physician or pharmacist before taking on any prescription and over-the-counter vitamins and minerals, herbal products, and medications.
Excessive applications of Elimite may lead to irritations on the skin, and erythema. If the user gets an overdose application, emergency medical help is strongly recommended.
Elimite applications are only done once, so a missed dose is unlikely to happen.
Store the drug in room temperatures, between 15 and 25°C, away from extreme heat and moisture. Keep the container tightly sealed.