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Drug class: topical anti-infectives

What is Eurax?

Eurax is a medicine that kills parasites and eggs that are found in the skin.Eurax (for skin) is used for treating scabies and to reduce itching caused by certain skin conditions.Eurax can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Eurax

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergy to Eurax, seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of your lips, face, tongue, or throat.

If you experience:

  • Eurax can cause severe irritation, burning, or stinging.

Eurax may cause side effects such as:

  • Mild itching or a new rash

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor.Contact the FDA by dialing 1-800-FDA-1088 in order to report side effects.


Eurax should not be taken orally.Eurax should not be used in excess.Do not apply to the mouth, eyes, or nose.Sexual and other close contact with infected persons should be treated.To avoid reinfection, wash clothing, hats, and bedclothes in hot water with a powerful cleanser to remove mites and eggs.

Before you take this drug

Eurax should not be used if you've ever experienced an allergic reaction to the drug crotamiton.Eurax is not known to harm unborn babies. Inform your doctor immediately if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant.There is no way to know if crotamiton topically passes into the breast milk or if a nursing infant could be harmed by it. You should tell your doctor if your baby is breastfed.Eurax is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.

How to take Eurax?

Follow the instructions on the packaging or the directions given by your doctor. Ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to help you understand the directions if you don't understand them. Use this medication only as directed.Do not exceed the prescribed dosage or use it for longer than necessary.Eurax is not to be taken by mouth. Eurax should only be applied to the skin. This medicine should not be used on skin that is swollen, oozing, or has a rash. Rinse your mouth and eyes with water if this medicine accidentally gets into them.Before each use, shake the lotion thoroughly.

How to treat itching

  • Massage Eurax until it has been absorbed. Repeat as necessary.

To treat scabies:

  • Eurax should be applied after a shower or bath.
  • Use a thin layer to cover all parts of your body, from the neck to the soles. (Scabies is not normally found on the head.)
  • Make sure you get the medicine into the folds in your skin. This includes between your fingers and toes, as well as under your nails. If the area isn't treated, scabies will likely remain under the nails. Keep your nails short.
  • Let the medicine stay on your skin for 24 hours. Apply a second dosage without first washing your skin.
  • Wash off the medication thoroughly 48 hours after last use.

If you continue to itch 2 to 4 months after treatment for scabies, call your doctor.To avoid reinfection, wash clothing, hats, and bedclothes in hot water with a powerful cleanser to remove mites or eggs.Eurax should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture or heat.

Details on dosage

Adult dose for scabies:

Apply it to the entire body, starting from the chin. Apply to all folds, creases, and wrinkles. Repeat the application after 24 hours. The next morning, change your clothing and bedding. After 48 hours, take a cleansing bath.

Adult dose for pruritus:

Apply topically to the affected area(s), massaging gently. Repeat as needed.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Eurax must be taken in two doses, separated by 24 hours. You may have to restart your treatment if you forget the second dose.If you miss a dosage, call your doctor to get instructions.

What happens if I overdose?

Overdoses of Eurax are not considered dangerous. If anyone accidentally swallows the medication, seek emergency medical care or call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Keep this medication out of your mouth or eyes.Parasite infestations can be highly contagious. Eurax does not stop you from spreading scabies. Avoid sexual and intimate contact until you have cleared the infestation. Avoid sharing hair combs and hair accessories.

Interaction with other drug

Crotamiton applied topically is unlikely to interact with other drugs taken orally or injected. Many drugs interact. Inform your healthcare providers of all the medicines you take, including vitamins, herbal products, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and other drugs.