|Type of medicine||Antipruritic|
|Used for||Relief of itching and skin irritation, and for the relief of itching caused by scabies|
|Available as||Cream and lotion|
Crotamiton relieves itching and skin irritation by producing what is called counter-irritation. As crotamiton evaporates from the skin, it produces a cooling effect. This cooling effect helps to divert your body's attention away from the itching.
Before using crotamiton
Before using crotamiton make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant or trying for a baby.
- If you have dermatitis which is weeping or infected.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine.
How to use crotamiton
- Before beginning treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet.
- Crotamiton is for external use only.
- Apply the lotion or cream to the affected area and rub in as directed.
- To relieve itching, crotamiton is usually applied two or three times a day to the affected area.
- Crotamiton can be applied to control the itching caused by scabies, after treatment with a suitable preparation to kill the scabies mite.
- If you are using crotamiton lotion, always shake the bottle well before use.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Crotamiton is suitable for adults, the elderly and children over three years old.
- Do not apply crotamiton to broken or inflamed skin.
- Avoid contact with your eyes, nose and mouth. If any of this preparation gets into your eyes, nose or mouth rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- The following can make your itching worse: extremes of temperature, wearing rough or irritating clothing, such as wool.
Can crotamiton cause problems?
- Crotamiton is unlikely to cause side effects unless you are allergic to one of the ingredients.
- If your skin condition gets worse after using crotamiton, or if you develop a rash, stop using the preparation and speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store crotamiton
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 62nd Edition (Sep 2011) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
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Prof Cathy Jackson