Acticin

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Acticin (permethrin) Cream 5%

Acticin (permethrin) Cream 5% is a topical scabicidal agent for the treatment of infestation with Sarcoptes scabiei (scabies). It is available in an off- white, vanishing cream base. Acticin (permethrin) Cream is for topical use only.

Chemical Name: The permethrin used is an approximate 1:3 mixture of the cis and trans isomers of the pyfethroid ()- 3- phenoxybenzyl 3-( 2,2-dichlorovinyl)-2,2- dimethylcycloorooanecarboxvlate. Permethrin has a molecular formula of C21H20C12O3 and a molecular weight of 391.29, and structural formula:

It is a yellow to light orange-brown, low melting solid or viscous liquid.

Each gram of Acticin Cream 5% contains permethrin 50 mg (5%) and the inactive ingredients butylated hydroxytoluene, carbomer 934P coconut oil, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin alcohols, light mineral oil, polyoxyethylene cetyl ethers, purified water, and sodium hydroxide. Formaldehyde 1 mg (0.1%) is added as a preservative.

What are the precautions when taking permethrin (Acticin)?

Before using permethrin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: skin infections, asthma.

Constant or forceful scratching of the skin/scalp may lead to a bacterial skin infection. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop worsening redness or pus.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication.

It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before...

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SIDE EFFECTS: Skin irritation, including itching, swelling, and redness, may occur with scabies and temporarily worsen after treatment with permethrin. Mild burning or stinging may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe 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.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: Before using permethrin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: skin infections, asthma.

Constant or forceful scratching of the skin/scalp may lead to a bacterial skin infection. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop worsening redness or pus.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication.

It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.



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