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Eurax Cream


Eurax Cream is a prescription topical treatment for skin irritation. It contains an ingredient called crotamiton, and is manufactured by Novartis.

If you have itchy skin, see your doctor. They will be able to help you determine the cause of symptoms, and get the treatment you need.

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PLEASE NOTE: This treatment is not available through our online pharmacy service. This page is for information only. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to the condition(s) this medication treats, we strongly recommend that you see your GP in person.

This content was reviewed by a clinician on

31 August 2020
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Dr Daniel Atkinson

(GP Clinical Lead - GMC No. 4624794) 31 August 2020
Product information

Eurax is a cream used to alleviate itchy skin, made by Novartis. It may be used by those experiencing dermatitis, eczema, a nettle rash, a rash caused by a mild allergic reaction, or irritation caused by an insect bite or sting. To buy Eurax in the UK, a prescription from a doctor is required.

Itchy skin can occur for a number of reasons, and can be a source of frustration for many. Otherwise known as pruritus, it can affect just about any part of the body. Someone who experiences itchiness will usually have to scratch the area, and may cause further irritation as a result. Episodes will typically pass in a short period but may persist in others, depending on what is causing it.

Symptoms of irritation such as itching can be due to an allergic reaction to something which has come into contact with the skin, such as a type of fabric or washing product. It may also come about as a result of eczema, or be a consequence of an insect sting or a bite. Often, these sorts of triggers can cause histamine and other chemicals to flood to the area affected, causing an inflammatory response which can cause itchiness, as well as redness and general discomfort.

Many cases of itching will not require medical advice, and will pass quickly. Sometimes, limiting contact with the triggering element can help to prevent itching from occurring. In cases where itching is severe, persistent or present in conjunction with other symptoms, then it is advisable to see a doctor.

They may be able to suggest measures which can eradicate the cause of the itch, by helping to identify the cause. However, it isn’t always possible to completely avoid contact with a trigger. In such cases, a doctor may prescribe treatment to provide relief when a flare-up is in progress.

In Eurax cream, the functioning constituent is a substance called crotamiton. The action of this treatment is not yet fully understood, but it is a versatile treatment for skin irritation and the list of side effects associated with it is not a long one. The version of Eurax available to buy from our UK-based pharmacy contains only crotamiton, however there is another version which also contains a corticosteroid.

There are several reasons why someone might develop itchy skin. Speak to your doctor if you have itchy skin, so that they can assess your symptoms, and issue treatment if required.

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Those using this treatment should make sure they understand their prescriber's directions beforehand, and follow the instructions in the patient information leaflet. It is important to do so, to reduce the likelihood of side effects and help the medication to work at its optimum capacity.

  1. Use as directed by your prescriber.
  2. This will typically be two or three applications to the area affected per day.
  3. Relief will be provided for six to ten hours after each dose.
  4. It should not be applied to cracked skin, the eyes or the area around the eyes.
  5. Do not exceed the amount prescribed.
  6. If you miss a dose, do not double up on your next one. Simply carry on using the cream as normal.

This is only a summary of the directions you will need to follow when using this item. For more detailed instructions, please refer to those provided with the cream.

Download Eurax patient information leaflet

Page last reviewed:  31/08/2020
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Eurax 10%

Side effects & Warnings

Side effects

The most commonly associated side effect of this medication is skin irritation. If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction or other serious side effects, notify your doctor as soon as possible. More information is available in the leaflet supplied.

Taking it with other medicines

Let your prescriber know during consultation if you are using any other treatments.

Conditions to look out for

It is important to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you have or have had in the past when completing our questionnaire, so that they can determine whether or not this item is suitable for you to use.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Speak to your GP before using this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Page last reviewed:  31/08/2020
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Eurax 10%


Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes, it is not likely that alcohol will inhibit the function of this item.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes, providing you experience no symptoms which may influence your ability to do so safely. If you do, refrain from driving and see a doctor.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

It is not recommended for use during pregnancy, and should only be used while breastfeeding on the advice of a doctor.

How should I store it?

Keep it in a secure place, below 25°C and outside of the reach of children.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

This item contains the following ingredients: crotamiton BP 10%, methyl hydroxybenzoate, phenylethyl alcohol, glycerol, triethanolamine, sodium lauryl sulphate, ethylene glycol monostearate, stearyl alcohol, strong ammonia solution, stearic acid, hard paraffin, white beeswax and perfume.

Do not use it if you are allergic to any of the substances listed.

Is it right for me?

You should speak to a doctor if you have itchy skin, so that they can determine what the most suitable form of treatment is.

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