Adult Medication


  • Seizures and deaths have happened after the use of this drug many times or for a long time. Rarely, seizures and deaths have happened after one use of this drug. 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.
  • Do not use this drug in premature infants, if you have certain skin problems like psoriasis or atopic dermatitis, or if you have ever had seizures. Use with caution in children, in older people, and in people who weigh less than 110 pounds (50 kilograms). The chance of seizures may be raised. Talk with your doctor.
  • You may have itching after using this drug. This does not always mean the drug did not work. Talk to your doctor about what to do.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat lice.
  • It is used to treat scabies.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

  • If you have an allergy to lindane or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have used lindane in the past, talk with your doctor.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
  • Do not take this drug by mouth. If this drug is put in the mouth or swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • A burning or tingling feeling that is not normal.
  • Seizures.
  • Very bad skin irritation.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
  • Dry skin.
  • Burning.
  • Itching.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

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.


  • 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 cover with dressings.
  • 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.


  • 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.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Throw away any part not used after use.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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