Last update April 17, 2016
Very Low Risk
Topical pyrethroid pesticide that shows activity against louses, mites and scabies.
About 2% of the dose is absorbed through the skin.
Do not apply it on the breast, otherwise, clean it thoroughly before feeding at the breast.
Permethrin is considered the treatment of choice for scabies in nursing mothers.
Permethrin is found in milk samples from women in regions in which it is used massively for agricultural purposes or malaria control. Notwithstanding, limits were found to be below those permitted by the WHO.
WHO List of Essential Medicines 2002 states it is compatible with breastfeeding.
We do not have alternatives for Permethrin since it is relatively safe.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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