Prescription or OTCLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection

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(permethrin)

Prescription or OTCLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection
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(permethrin)

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(malathion)

Treats lice and scabies. Nix (Permethrin) works great, but make sure to read the directions carefully before using it.Coming soon.
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Side effects
NixOvide
  • Mild and temporary burning and stinging 10%
  • Itching 7%
  • Redness 2%
  • Numbness 2%
  • Tingling 2%
  • Rash 2%
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How it works
NixOvide
Nix (Permethrin) is a topical pediculicide and ovicide treatment that destroys little bugs and their eggs.Coming soon.
Type of medication
NixOvide
Prescription or OTC
Available as
NixOvide
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Shampoo
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for
NixOvide
  • Lice
  • Pediculosis Capitis
Risk factors for serious side effects
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      Pregnancy

      Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

      Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

      Upsides and benefits
      NixOvide
      • Nix (Permethrin) comes with a kit that contains a metal lice comb, disposable gloves, and a salon cape.
      • A single application is usually sufficient to get rid of head lice.
      • Nix (Permethrin) stays in the hair for 10 days, even after showering with a conditioner-free shampoo.
      • Nix (Permethrin) is designed to leave the hair easy to comb after using.
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      Downsides and risks
      NixOvide
      • Can't be used on children under 2 months of age.
      • Can't be used near the eyes, nose, vagina, or on eyebrows or eyelashes.
      • Scalp itching or redness can occur.
      • You can't use it if you're allergic to ragweed since it can cause difficulty breathing or an asthma attack.
      • Can't use conditioner for a week after using Nix (Permethrin).
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      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      NixOvide
      • Inspect all household members for lice and eggs (nits) with a magnifying glass in bright light. Use a comb to lift and part the hair. Unlike dandruff, nits stick to hair.
      • Don't use a shampoo that contains a conditioner or use a conditioner alone since it interacts with Nix (Permethrin).
      • Begin to apply Nix (Permethrin) behind the ears and at the back of the neck. Leave it in for only 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Protect your eyes with a washcloth or towel.
      • If live lice are seen 7 days or more after the first treatment, then a second treatment should be given.
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