What is Eurax?


Eurax (crotamiton) is an anti-parasite medicine that kills certain parasites that live or lay eggs in your skin.Eurax (for the skin) is used to treat scabies and to reduce itching associated with certain skin conditions.Eurax may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important information

  • Do not take Eurax by mouth.
  • Do not use more Eurax than is recommended.
  • Avoid application to the mouth, nose, or eyes.

 Before using this medicine

You should not use Eurax if you have ever had an allergic reaction to crotamiton.

It is not known whether Eurax will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It is not known whether crotamiton topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Eurax is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How should I use Eurax?

Use Eurax exactly as directed by your doctor, or follow the directions that accompany the package. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not take by mouth. Eurax is for use only on the skin. Do not use this medicine on swollen or oozing skin. If this medicine gets in your eyes or mouth, rinse with water.

Shake the lotion well just before each use.

To treat itching:

Massage Eurax into the affected areas until it is completely absorbed. Repeat as needed.

To treat scabies:

Take a bath or shower and dry your skin thoroughly before applying Eurax.

Apply a thin layer of the cream or lotion to all body parts from the neck down to the soles of your feet (scabies does not usually infect the head).

Be sure the medicine gets into all the folds of your skin, between your toes and fingers, and underneath your nails. Scabies are likely to stay under the nails if the area is not treated. Keep the nails trimmed short.

Leave the medicine on for 24 hours. Then apply a second dose without washing your skin first.

Thoroughly wash off the medicine 48 hours after the last application.

Call your doctor if you still have itching 2 to 4 weeks after you finish treatment for scabies.

To prevent reinfection, wash all clothing, hats, bed clothes, bed linens, hair brushes, and combs with a strong cleanser in hot water to remove any mites or eggs.

Store Eurax at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Eurax dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Scabies:

Apply topically to entire body starting at the chin and working downwards. Be certain to apply to all folds and creases. Repeat application 24 hours after initial application. Change clothing and bed linen the following morning. Take a cleansing bath 48 hours after final application.

Side Effects

Worsening skin irritation (such as itching, redness) may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, stop using this medication and tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Before using crotamiton, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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