Crotamiton review

Crotamiton is a scabicidal, a type of drug specifically for the treatment of scabies. It comes in cream and lotion form that is applied on the body to get rid of parasites that cause itching.

Crotamiton is available under the brand names Eurax, Crotan, Euraxil, Veteusan, and Crotan. It is recommended to adults and children who are suffering from pruritis or skin itching resulting from scabies and even sunburn. Crotamiton produces counter-irritation, cooling the infected area after it evaporates from the skin.

Dosage of this medication varies according to the condition of the scabies. However, it is common that physicians prescribe Crotamiton twice in a week- once in a day, and another the following day. Dosage can be increased for severe cases.

For those with itching skin, simply apply Crotamiton on the affected area until the drug is completely absorbed.

For those with scabies, simply apply enough Crotamiton on the affected area. Rub the drug well, specifically folds and creases, hands, the area between the toes and fingers, and areas which are usually moist such as the groin and underarms.

Leave the applied area to dry. The second coat of Crotamiton should come a day after the first coat. The following day, place a freshly washed cloth and change the beddings so as to avoid re-infection.

Two days after the second coating, take a bath in order to get rid of the medication.

Children can have a lesser dosage as prescribed by a physician.

Crotamiton should not be applied on the mucous membranes such as eye and internal portion of the nose since it can cause irritation. In case the cream or lotion is accidentally applied, users should thoroughly flush them with running water.

This drug should always be kept away from children. It should not be exposed directly to heat or light.

While Crotamiton can effectively cure itching caused by scabies it can also result to side effects. The chances of side effects may be low, but users may still suffer from unwanted effects. These side effects may require medical help in case they persist or worsen.

Some of the side effects of Crotamiton are skin irritation and rashes that were not present prior to the use of the medication.

For those with scabies, good hygiene is required to prevent the chances of re-infection or infecting other people. Always machine wash underwear, sheets, towels, pajamas, and wash clothes in hot water.

Those who are using Crotamiton for the first time should tell their doctors of their medical history, particularly possible allergy to Crotamiton. Allergy to other substances like dyes should also be revealed.

Users should avoid sexual contact while Crotamiton has not yet cured the infection. They should also avoid using combs, clothing, and hair accessories since these can easily transmit the infections.

The use of this medication can also worsen certain skin conditions such as inflamed skin. Always make sure to get the approval of a doctor before taking Crotamiton.

Crotamiton has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of crotamiton

• Molecular formula of crotamiton is C13H17NO
• Chemical IUPAC Name is N-ethyl-N-(2-methylphenyl)-but-2-enamide
• Molecular weight is 203.28 g/mol
Crotamiton available : 10% cream 60gm Tube, 10% lotion, 10% lotion 60ml bottle

Brand name(s): Crotaglin, Crotalgin, Crotamitex, Crotamitone, Crotan, Eurasil, Eurax, Euraxil, Veteusan

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