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Elimite is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) used to treat scabies (a skin condition caused by mites that infest the skin).
How does this medication work?
Elimite works by killing the mites that are causing scabies.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: By killing the mites, Elimite may relieve the symptoms associated with scabies.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Elimite exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may notice an improvement in your symptoms after beginning treatment with Elimite. This is a sign that your medicine is working. However, you may continue to experience itching after treatment with Elimite. This does not necessarily mean treatment has failed. Your healthcare provider may also ask you questions from time to time to assess how well your symptoms are controlled with treatment.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: mild and temporary burning or stinging.
Less common side effects may include:
Temporary worsening of symptoms, including redness, swelling, or itching.
Do not use Elimite if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Elimite. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults and children ≥2 months: Thoroughly massage the cream into your or your child's skin from the head to the soles of the feet.
Use Elimite exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often without first talking to your healthcare provider.
After you have kept Elimite cream on your body for 8 to 14 hours, remove it by washing your skin.
Do not get Elimite in or near your eyes. If you accidentally get any Elimite in your eyes, flush your eyes with water right away.
No significant interactions have been reported with Elimite at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
The effects of Elimite during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are using Elimite. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
One application of Elimite is generally curative.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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