Crotamiton (Eurax lotion)

How does it work?

Eurax lotion contains the active ingredient crotamiton, which has antipruritic properties.

Crotamiton is a medicine that is applied to the skin to relieve itching (pruritis). It is not fully understood how it works.

Eurax lotion provides relief of itching and skin irritation caused by various different conditions such as, nettle rash (hives), insect bites and stings, dermatitis, eczema, chickenpox, heat rash and personal itching.

Eurax lotion can also be used to treat scabies.

What is it used for?

  • Relieving skin irritation and itching associated with: insect bites or stings, nettle rash, heat rash, sunburn, eczema, chickenpox.
  • Treatment of scabies.


  • This preparation is for external use only.
  • Do not apply the lotion to raw or broken areas of skin, or skin that is producing a discharge.
  • Avoid contact with the eyes and the eyelids.
  • Stop using this lotion and consult your doctor if you experience a burning sensation or rash while using it, or if your symptoms persist.

Use with caution in

  • Children under three years old.

Not to be used in

  • Allergy to any of the active ingredients.
  • Severe skin sores with pus (acute exudative dermatoses).

This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.

If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.

  • The safety of this medicine for use during pregnancy has not been established. It is not recommended for use in pregnancy, especially during the first three months, unless considered essential by your doctor. Seek medical advice from your doctor if you are pregnant.
  • This medicine may be absorbed through the skin in small amounts and may pass into breast milk. Its safety for use during breastfeeding has not been established. If you are breastfeeding you should only use this medicine on the advice of a doctor. If you do use it, you should not apply the cream to the breasts to prevent the nursing infant accidentally ingesting it.

Side effects

Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. Just because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect. The following side effect is known to be associated with this medicine.

  • Skin irritation in people hypersensitive to any of the ingredients.

This list may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicines's manufacturer.

For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.

How can this medicine affect other medicines?

There are no known interactions with this preparation.

Other medicines containing the same active ingredients

Eurax cream

Eurax Hc cream contains crotamiton and hydrocortisone.