Permethrin cream is an insecticide and works by killing parasites that live on humans, such as the scabies mite and pubic lice. It is generic name of Acticin cream, as well as Generic Acticin 30mg. Information about difference between generic and brand drugs you can find on

Scabies is an itchy skin disorder that leads to a rash, you can think that it is just an allergic reaction. It is caused by an infestation with a parasite – the scabies mite. The mite lives on the skin and burrows into it. Scabies is contagious and spreads to others through close skin-to-skin contact.


Pubic lice are tiny insects that live on humans, usually in the pubic hair. They are passed on through close body contact, such as when having sex. They are grey or brown in colour and are sometimes called crabs because some of their legs have crab-like claws.

Both of these insects are treated with permethrin cream applied to the skin. Your whole body should be treated, twice – seven days apart. Permethrin cream is available on prescription, or you can buy it without a prescription at pharmacies.

Permethrin cream (Elimite) is one of the first medicines doctors prescribe to cure a scabies infestation. It is the treatment of choice for children and for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. Permethrin 5% cream is considered safe for infants as young as 2 months old.

Permethrin should be used with caution on people who are allergic topyrethrin products or chrysanthemums.

All medicines have side effects. But many people don’t feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.

Here are some important things to think about:

  • Usually the benefits of the medicine are more important than any minor side effects.
  • Side effects may go away after you take the medicine for a while.
  • If side effects still bother you and you wonder if you should keep taking the medicine, call your doctor. He or she may be able to lower your dose or change your medicine. Do not suddenly quit taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

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