Infectious Disease Compendium

Permethrin (Nix® and Elimite®)


CrCl Formula

CrCl > 80:

Head lice: shampoo hair, towel dry, apply rinse to scalp, leave on 10 minutes, rinse; remove nits with nit comb; repeat if live lice present 7 days later.

Scabies: apply a generous amount of cream from head to feet, leave on for 8-14 hours, wash off, repeat if living mites present 14 days later.

Important side effects

Avoid mucous membranes and eyes, local irritative symptoms.

Important drug interactions

Rants and Screeds

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Treatment of choice

Use for

Scabies. Head Lice.

Don't use for