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Generic Name: Crotamiton Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.


What is Crotamiton used for?

Crotamiton is commonly used to treat scabies. Scabies is a skin infection caused by mites that burrow into the skin. Irritation from the mites leads to severe itching and small bumps/blisters filled with fluid/pus. Crotamiton works by killing the mites that cause scabies. It also helps relieve itching related to scabies and other skin conditions. Crotamiton belongs to two classes of drugs: scabicides and antipruritics.

How should I take Crotamiton?

This medication is for use on the skin only. Do not take this medication by mouth. Avoid applying crotamiton on the face, eyes, mouth, vagina, and any skin that is inflamed, raw, or oozing fluid.

How do I store Crotamiton?

Crotamiton is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Crotamiton in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Crotamiton that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Crotamiton down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Crotamiton?

Before using crotamiton, 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.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Crotamiton during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this Crotamiton. This Crotamiton is pregnancy risk category C according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Crotamiton?

Worsening skin irritation (such as itching, redness) may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, stop using this medication and tell 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.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Crotamiton?

Crotamiton may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Crotamiton?

Crotamiton may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Crotamiton?

Crotamiton may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Crotamiton.

What is the dose of Crotamiton for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Scabies

Thoroughly massage drug product into the skin of the whole body from the chin to the toes; repeat 24 hours later.


-Advise patients to take a cleansing bath 48 hours after the last application.

-A 60 g tube or bottle is sufficient for 2 applications.

Use: For eradication of scabies (Sarcoptes scabiei)

Usual Adult Dose for Pruritus

Massage drug product gently into affected areas until medication is completely absorbed; repeat as needed.

Use: For symptomatic treatment of pruritic skin

Other Comments

Administration Advice:

Scabies Treatment:

-The drug product should be applied after the patient takes a routine bath or shower and the skin is well-dried.

-When applying the drug product, special attention should be paid to skin folds and body sites that are particularly susceptible to mite infestation (e.g., interdigital spaces, wrists, axillae, genitalia).

-Consider using a toothbrush to apply drug product under fingernails after trimming the fingernails short; wrap toothbrush in paper and throw it away immediately after use.

-Clothing and bed linen should be changed after treatment completion; contaminated items may be cleaned in the hot cycle of the washing machine or dry-cleaned.

-Lotion: Shake well before using; preferable to cream for application to hairy surfaces.

Storage Requirements:

-Protect from heat.


-There is no specific information on the effect of overtreatment/overdosage.

What is the dose of Crotamiton for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Crotamiton available?

Crotamiton is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Cream
  • Lotion

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Crotamiton, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: January 17, 2018 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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