Crotamiton is used to relieve itching and skin irritation.
Crotamiton is suitable for adults, the elderly and children over 3 years old. It can be used in younger children on the advice of a doctor.
Avoid contact with your eyes, nose and mouth. If any of the preparation gets into these areas, rinse the area thoroughly with warm water.
|Type of medicine||Antipruritic|
|Used for||Relief of itchy skin irritation (including itching caused by scabies)|
|Available as||Cream and lotion|
Crotamiton relieves itching and skin irritation caused by skin conditions such as itchy dermatitis and allergic rashes. It can provide relief from itching for several hours after each application. Crotamiton is used in particular to help ease itching which can persist after the treatment of scabies with a preparation to kill the scabies mite.
Preparations containing crotamiton are available on prescription and they can also be bought without a prescription from pharmacies and other retail outlets.
Before using crotamiton
To make sure this is the right treatment for you, before you start using crotamiton it is important that you speak with a doctor or pharmacist:
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- If it is for a child under 3 years of age. This is because it should only be used on the advice of a doctor in children less than 3 years old.
- If your skin is weeping or you think it may be infected.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to another skin preparation.
How to use crotamiton
- Before you start using the cream/lotion, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack. It will give you more information about crotamiton and will provide you with a full list of any side-effects which you may experience from using it.
- Apply a layer of cream or lotion to the itchy areas two or three times a day. If you are using crotamiton lotion, shake the bottle well before you use it.
- Crotamiton is only to be used on external areas of skin.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Do not apply crotamiton to any areas of your your skin which are very sore or inflamed.
- Avoid letting the cream/lotion come into contact with your eyes, nose or mouth. If any of the preparation gets into these areas, rinse the area thoroughly with warm water to remove it.
- If your skin is dry, it may be making the itching worse. Try using an emollient (moisturiser) every day as this will help to keep your skin supple and moist. They can be applied once a day or several times a day if your skin becomes very dry.
- Try to avoid extremes of temperature by wrapping up well in cold weather and wearing light airy clothes in warm weather. Also, try not to wear rough or irritating clothing, as these can make itching worse.
Can crotamiton cream/lotion cause problems?
Crotamiton is unlikely to cause side-effects unless you are allergic to one of the ingredients in the preparation. Although this occurs rarely, if your skin condition gets worse or if you develop an allergic-type rash, stop using the cream/lotion and speak to a doctor or pharmacist for further advice.
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
|Never use more than the prescribed dose. If you suspect that you or someone else has swallowed some of this medicine, go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.
Do not keep out-of-date or unwanted medicines. Take them to your local pharmacy which will dispose of them for you.
If you are having an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment which medicines you are taking.
Ask your pharmacist if you have any questions about the preparation.
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 67th Edition (March 2014) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. EMIS has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. For details see our conditions.
Dr Helen Huins