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CROTAMITON

Brand Name(s) : Eurax
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

CROTAMITON WARNINGS

Crotamiton should be used with caution in:

It should not be used in:

  • Severe skin sores with pus (acute exudative dermatoses)
  • Allergy (hypersensitivity) to crotamiton or any other ingredients
  • In or around the eyes
  • On broken skin
  • On weeping skin

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

Protect crotamiton from heat.

CROTAMITON USES

What is it used for?

  • Crotamiton is used for the relief of itching and skin irritation caused by, for example, sunburn, hives, nettle rash, chickenpox, insect bites and stings, heat rashes, dry eczema and itchy dermatitis. It is also used to treat scabies, which is caused by a mite.
  • It is a type of antipruritic, sometimes known as anti-itch creams, ointments and lotions.
  • It is used to relieve and soothe irritated and itchy skin and kill the mites that cause scabies.
  • In general this drug is used to relieve itchy or irritated skin that is caused by, for example, sunburn, dry eczema, itchy dermatitis, allergic rashes, hives, nettle rash, chickenpox, insect bites and stings, heat rashes, personal itching and scabies.

Listed below are the typical uses of crotamiton:

  • Relief of itching and skin irritation
  • Scabies

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list. Such conditions are listed below.

  • None known

HOW TO USE/TAKE

For itchy or irritated skin, crotamiton should be applied to the affected area 2 to 3 times a day. Please consult the patient information leaflet for full instructions on its use. It can be used in children over 3 years age. Consult your doctor before using it on children under 3 years of age.

For scabies, crotamiton should be rubbed into the entire body surface, accept the face and scalp, once a day, preferably in the evening, for 3 to 5 days. Please consult the patient information leaflet for full instructions on its use. It can be used in children over 3 years age. Consult your doctor before using it on children under 3 years of age.

Use this medication as described on the patient information leaflet in order to get the most benefit from it.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • Do not use in or around the eyes, on broken skin or weeping skin. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • It is important to use this medication every day for 3 to 5 days for the treatment of scabies. Please consult the patient information leaflet for full instructions on its use.

CROTAMITON SIDE EFFECTS

  • Irritation of the skin
  • Allergy (hypersensitivity)

If any of these persist or you consider them severe then stop taking crotamiton and inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • None known

Remember that many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.

CROTAMITON PRECAUTIONS

Before taking crotamiton, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other antipruritics; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have:

  • Severe skin sores with pus (acute exudative dermatoses)
  • Allergy (hypersensitivity) to crotamiton or any other ingredients
  • In or around the eyes
  • On broken skin
  • On weeping skin

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following:

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Alcohol is not known to affect this drug.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

The safety of crotamiton has not been established during pregnancy. Therefore, it is not suitable to take during pregnancy, especially during the first 3 months. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts or questions about this.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

It is not known whether crotamiton passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before use.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

CROTAMITON INTERACTIONS

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious, possibly fatal interactions may occur:

  • None known

If you are currently using any of these medications, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting crotamiton:

  • None known

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use.

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using crotamiton tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

CROTAMITON OVERDOSE

If crotamiton is swallowed, contact your doctor or nearest hospital casualty department as soon as possible.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of crotamiton or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

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