1 What is Eurax?

Brand: Eurax

Generic: Crotamiton

Eurax is a medication used in the treatment of scabies and symptomatic relief of pruritic skin. It is available as a cream or a lotion. You can only buy this medication if you have a doctor’s prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Eurax, discuss the pros and cons of using this medication with your physician. You need to discuss the expected side effects as well. It should not be used in individuals who develop hypersensitivity reactions.

You need to inform your doctor if you are allergic to similar medications or its ingredients. Your healthcare team also needs to know if you have allergies to food, animals, dyes, preservatives, and other medications.

The effects of topical crotamiton on children have not been studied adequately. Although the effects of topical crotamiton in elderly patients are expected to be similar to its effects on younger adults, it should be used with caution since age-related sensitivity could also be present.

Topical crotamiton has a pregnancy category C, and there is little information on its effects on the unborn child. It should only be used in pregnant women if the benefits outweigh the risks. The same goes for nursing women.

Topical crotamiton should be used with caution in this population. This medication has no known drug interactions. However, you should ask your doctor first before taking any kind of over-the-counter medication. Also, you should ask him/her if there are certain types of food or beverages you need to avoid.

Topical crotamiton should not be applied to severely inflamed skin with raw oozing areas. It may exacerbate the condition.

3 Proper Usage

To use Eurax correctly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.

Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding the application and frequency of using topical crotamiton, as well as the duration of treatment. Do not use more or less of it. Do not apply it on mucous membranes like the lips, mouth, the inner lining of the nose and eyes.

Topical crotamiton can irritate these. If you do get this medication in these areas, remove the cream or lotion thoroughly with water. For treatment of scabies, take a routine bath before applying this medication and dry your skin well.

Thoroughly apply the cream over your entire body from the chin down. Pay close attention to folds and creases like between fingers and toes. Also, apply the medication under your fingernails because the infective agent can also stay there.

You can do this using an unused toothbrush. Dispose of it immediately after using. Do not rinse it for the next 48 hours. Clothes and bed linens should be changed the next morning. After 24 hours, apply a second coat of the medication. After 48 hours from the second application, you should take a cleansing bath and remove the medication thoroughly.

Inform family members or those who’ve come into close contact with you about your condition. They may also need treatment since scabies can be transmitted through close contact.

Topical crotamiton should be applied twice as indicated for adults with scabies. For those with pruritus, follow your physician’s instructions.

The use and dosage of topical crotamiton in children are to be determined by the treating physician. Keep your medication away from children and extreme temperature.

4 Precautions to Take

In using Eurax, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor.

Again, topical crotamiton should not be applied to mucous membranes because it can cause irritation. It should not be applied on acutely inflamed and weeping areas. Do this only if the inflammation is gone. If you used this medication to treat scabies, you need to adopt good health habits in order to prevent acquiring the infection again.

You need to machine wash clothes and other fabrics in very hot water and dry then using the hot cycle. You have to dry clean clothes or linens if they can’t be cleaned using the aforementioned method. Inform your physician if your condition doesn’t get better or gets worse.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Eurax.

Some patients report primary irritation reactions when using topical crotamiton. Signs and symptoms include dermatitis, rash, pruritus, and hypersensitivity.

Check with your physician right away if these symptoms do not get better. You may experience burning sensation in the mouth, buccal, esophageal and gastric mucosa irritation, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting, if you accidentally ingest crotamiton. Get medical attention immediately.

Check with your doctor if you experience any signs or symptoms that are not listed here.