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Acticin Cream, generically sold as Permethrin cream, belongs to a class of drugs called pyrethrins. Acticin cream is used to treat scabies. Scabies would be considered a skin condition in which the skin is infested with microscopic mites, also known as the Sarcoptes scabiei. They reproduce by laying eggs after burrowing into your skin, and can live for months on end. They typically leave itchy red rashes (caused when reproduction occurs) and can spread to others during any kind of skin-to-skin touching. These rashes usually appear the same way pimples do; pink, raised bumps filled with fluid. Often times they appear in a row. In some cases, they leave behind little grey lines along with the red bumps. Permethrin works by paralyzing the mites and their eggs, which ends up killing them. We have both the brand name (Acticin) and the generic (Permethrin) cream available in 20g, 60g and 90g bottles, all containing a strength of 5%.

Children and adults are able to use this product the same as follows or as directed by your doctor;

Massage the cream into the skin from your head to toe. In adults, it is less common for mites to burrow in the head, but for adolescence, children, and elderly patients, it is likely the neck and hairline will be infested.

30G is usually enough for an average adult.

Remove the cream after 6 – 14 hours by taking a shower or bath. 1 use is typically enough to exterminate all of the mites.

Store in room temperature.


Test cream on small patch of skin before use. Doing this will save you a lot of discomfort if you end up having hypersensitivity, discontinue use if such occurs.

This cream may worsen prurtis, edema and erythema.

A study shows that this cream does not show fetal harm when used on rats, mice or rabbits, however it has not been proven yet whether the effects are the same on humans.

There are no studies that show whether it is safe for breastfeeding mothers to use.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had skin infections or asthma.

After the treatment, it is likely one will continue to experience an itchy sculpt, this does not neccessarily indicate that the treatment did not work or needs to be re-done, it is simply a possible after effect of this cream.

Side Effects

Skin irritation such as itching, swelling, and redness

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug can occur though it is rare. If you notice symptoms of an allergic reaction (rash, severe swelling of the face, severe dizziness and trouble breathing) seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Some side effects may not be listed as side effects for this cream are not common and only show in a small amount of users.


What is Permethrin?

Permethrin is the active ingredient found inside the brand-name medication Acticin cream; it is what makes the medication therapeutically effective. Each bottle of Acticin cream contains 5% of Permethrin, which can only be obtained with a valid prescription. It is applied directly to the skin, usually just once as a single-use treatment. It can also be purchased as the generic alternative, sold as Permethrin cream. We carry the brand and generic product at My Drug Center in 30, 60, and 90 gram bottles; 30 grams is generally enough medication to treat the average adult.


What is Permethrin cream used for?

Permethrin cream is used for the treatment of scabies. Scabies is a dermatological condition characterized by red and itchy rashes caused by an infestation of microscopic mites in the skin. These microscopic mites are known as sarcoptes scabiei (sometimes referred to as the itch mites) and reproduces by lying eggs after burrowing into your skin; they can live for a few months before dying. Research has shown that treatment with Permethrin cream can cure most scabies after a single application.


Where to buy Permethrin cream?

You can purchase Permethrin cream, sold as the brand-name product Acticin cream, from the comfort of your own home through My Drug Center. Online Canadian Pharmacy services like My Drug Center make it possible for you to order medication internationally without having to leave your home. Additionally, international prices are commonly much cheaper than what you would generally find at local United States pharmacies. So not only is filling your prescription through My Drug Center easy, but also easier on the wallet. You can place an order by calling our toll free number of 1-877-385-8998; keep in mind, you will require a valid prescription for this medication.


How does Permethrin work?

Permethrin works by killing the microscopic mites (sarcoptes scabiei). When the mites come into contact with the drug by either touching it or eating it, the drug will excite their nervous system and result in paralysis. This means the mites will become paralyzed which ultimately ends up killing them. The mites, unlike humans, cannot metabolize the toxins quickly enough which is why Permethrin is toxic for them but safe for us to use.


How to use Permethrin cream?

Use this medication exactly as directed by your doctor; do not use more or less of the medication, or for longer than directed. For adults; apply the cream by thoroughly massaging it from the neck all the way down to the soles of your feet; wash to remove the medication after 8-14 hours. For children (age 2 months and up); apply the cream by thoroughly massaging it into the neck, temple, hairline, and forehead; wash to remove the medication after 8-14 hours. Avoid getting the medication in eyes, nose, ears, and mouth; if contact does occur, rinse thoroughly with water.


How many times can you use Permethrin cream?

You can use Permethrin cream for up to 3 treatments. Each treatment requires only a single use of the cream; in most cases, only one treatment is needed. If mites reappear after two weeks (14 days) following the initial treatment, a second treatment may be done; again, only using one application of the cream. Rarely will a patient need a third treatment, however, if needed, your doctor may treat you for a third time after 1-2 weeks following the second treatment.

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