Pediatric Medication

This information from Lexicomp® explains what you need to know about this medication, including what it’s used for, how to take it, its side effects, and when to call your healthcare provider.


  • Seizures and deaths have happened after using 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 your child is not helped by some other drug or if your child cannot use some other drug.
  • Do not use this drug on premature infants, if your child has certain skin problems like psoriasis or atopic dermatitis, or if your child has ever had seizures. Use with care 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 the doctor.
  • Your child may have itching after using this drug. This does not always mean the drug did not work. Talk to the 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 the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

  • If your child is allergic to this drug; any part of this drug; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had.
  • If your child has used lindane in the past, talk with the doctor.

If your child is breast-feeding a baby:

  • Be sure your child does not breast-feed a baby for at least 24 hours after getting this drug.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.

Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of his/her drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Alcohol may interact with this drug. Be sure your child does not drink alcohol.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before you use other drugs or products on your child’s skin.
  • Do not give this drug by mouth. If this drug is put in the mouth or swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • Avoid touching this drug if you are pregnant. If you must put this drug on someone else and you are pregnant, talk with the doctor. You will need to wear special gloves to avoid touching this drug.

If your child is pregnant:

  • This drug may cause harm to the unborn baby if your child takes it during pregnancy. If your child is pregnant or gets pregnant while taking this drug, call the doctor right away.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s 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 child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has 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, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Dizziness.
  • Seizures.
  • Very bad irritation where this drug is used.

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 child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:

  • Irritation where this drug is used.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

All products:

  • Follow how to use carefully.
  • Shake well before use.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Wear special gloves while putting this drug on your child.
  • Do not put on cuts, scrapes, or damaged skin unless the doctor tells you to.
  • Wait at least 1 hour after your child has been bathed or showered before putting on this drug.
  • Wash all bedding, towels, and recently worn clothes in hot water or have them dry cleaned.


  • Do not give this drug by mouth. For skin only. Keep out of your child’s mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Do not put on skin where you have just used creams, oils, lotions, or other skin products.
  • Put a thin layer on your child’s skin from the neck to the toes. Put in the skin folds, creases, and spaces between the finger and toes.
  • Put under fingernails.
  • Trim fingernails short.
  • Put lotion under nails with a toothbrush. Throw away toothbrush after use.
  • Have your child wear light clothing while this drug is on his/her skin.
  • Do not cover with dressings.
  • Do not use diapers or plastic pants.
  • Do not let your child’s skin touch anyone else’s skin while wearing the lotion.
  • After 8 to 12 hours, fully wash lotion from skin using warm, soapy water.


  • Do not give by mouth. Use on your child’s scalp and hair only. Keep out of your child’s mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Do not wet hair with water before using lindane 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.
  • Do not cover the hair with things like a shower cap or towel.
  • Do not use oil treatments, oil-based hair dressings, or conditioners right before or after putting this drug on.
  • Use special nit comb or tweezers to get rid of dead nits (lice eggs) from hair.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Most of the time, only one dose of this drug is needed. If you forget to put on the dose, put it on as soon as you think about it.

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.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s 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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