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Lindane

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: Canada: HexitT;PMS-Lindane

    Uses
    • It is used to treat lice.
    • It is used to treat scabies.
    • Lindane harms the insects and treats the infection.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • All products:
    • Follow how to use carefully.
    • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
    • Wait at least 1 hour after you bathe or shower before putting on this drug.
    • Wash all bedding, towels, and recently worn clothes in hot water or have them dry cleaned.
    • Lotion:
    • Shake lotion well before use.
    • Put a thin layer on the skin from the neck to the toes. Put in the skin folds, creases, and spaces between the fingers and toes.
    • Put under fingernails.
    • Trim fingernails short.
    • Put lotion under nails with a toothbrush. Throw away toothbrush after use.
    • Wear light clothing while this drug is on your skin.
    • Do not let your skin touch anyone else's skin while wearing the lotion.
    • After 8 to 12 hours, fully wash lotion from skin using warm, soapy water.
    • Shampoo:
    • Wear special gloves while putting this drug on.
    • Shake shampoo well before use.
    • Do not wet hair with water before using shampoo.
    • Lightly coat hair.
    • Work into hair and scalp gently.
    • Leave on hair for 4 minutes.
    • Do not cover head while shampoo is on hair.
    • After 4 minutes, put a little bit of warm water on hair and lather.
    • Rinse fully.
    • Take off gloves and wash your hands.
    • Dry with a towel.
    • Use special nit comb or tweezers to get rid of dead nits (lice eggs) from hair.

    Missed Dose

    • Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Throw away any part not used after use.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Lindane may cause seizures. Follow how to use very closely. Use this drug only when you are not helped by some other drug or if you cannot use some other drug.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to lindane or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have seizures.
    • If you have used lindane in the past, talk with your doctor.
    • If the skin you are treating has sores or psoriasis or is broken.

    Precautions

    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • If you have HIV infection, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have a history of head injury, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have a tumor in the brain or spinal cord, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Itching. Talk to the doctor about what to do.
    • Dry skin.
    • Headache.

    Monitoring

    • Change in the health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • A burning or tingling feeling that is not normal.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
    • Read the package insert for more details.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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