Lindane Lotion

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Lindane Lotion, USP 1%, is an ectoparasiticide and ovicide. In addition to the active ingredient, lindane, it contains 2-amino-2-methyl- 1-propanol, carrageenan, cetyl alcohol, cocoa butter, glyceryl monostearate, methylparaben, propylene glycol, propylparaben, purified water, stearic acid and trolamine to form a lotion. The pH range is between 6.5 and 8.5. Lindane is the gamma isomer of 1,2,3,4,5,6- hexachlorocyclohexane having the following structural formula:

Lindane structural formula illustration

What are the possible side effects of lindane topical ()?

Stop using lindane topical and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an uncommon but serious side effect such as

  • an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; or hives);
  • seizures; or
  • uncontrollable body shaking.

Other less serious side effects may also occur. Talk to your doctor if you experience

  • dizziness or drowsiness;
  • itching, burning, dryness, or rash of the skin.

Side effects...

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What are the precautions when taking lindane lotion (Lindane Lotion)?

See also Warning section.

Before using lindane lotion, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a poorly controlled seizure disorder.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: previous use of lindane in the past few months, other skin conditions (e.g., psoriasis, dermatitis), HIV infection, history of serious head injury, history of seizures, brain tumors, severe liver...

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SIDE EFFECTS: See also Warning section.

This medication may cause stinging, burning, or redness of the skin. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if these rare but very serious side effects occur: vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, seizures.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: See also Warning section.

Before using lindane lotion, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a poorly controlled seizure disorder.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: previous use of lindane in the past few months, other skin conditions (e.g., psoriasis, dermatitis), HIV infection, history of serious head injury, history of seizures, brain tumors, severe liver disease, alcohol abuse, sudden stopping of regular alcohol or sedative use.

This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.

Before having an imaging test (e.g., X-rays, CT scan) requiring the use of dye, tell your doctor that you have used this medication.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. If you are pregnant, do not apply lindane shampoo to others unless it is absolutely necessary and you have discussed it with your doctor. Use gloves as directed. (See How to Use section.)

Lindane passes into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Your baby should not come into direct contact with your skin while it has lindane on it. In addition, to lessen the chance of exposing your baby to the medication and possible side effects, pump your breast milk and discard it for 24 hours after using lindane. During this time, feed your baby formula or breast milk you stored from before you used lindane lotion.


Lindane Lotion Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names:

Generic Name: lindane topical (Pronunciation: LIN dane)

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What is lindane topical ?

Lindane is a pediculicide and a scabicide. It affects the nervous system of the parasites.

Lindane topical is used to treat head lice, pubic lice ("crabs"), and scabies.

Lindane topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of lindane topical ?

Stop using lindane topical and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an uncommon but serious side effect such as

  • an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; or hives);
  • seizures; or
  • uncontrollable body shaking.

Other less serious side effects may also occur. Talk to your doctor if you experience

  • dizziness or drowsiness;
  • itching, burning, dryness, or rash of the skin.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about lindane topical ?

Do not apply this medication to the face, eyes, nose, or mouth. Flush with water if you get medication in any of these areas. Seek medical attention if lindane topical is ingested or if irritation is persistent.

Do not use more of this medication than is recommended. Using more than the prescribed amount of lindane topical may cause seizures or other dangerous side effects.

Treat sexual and other close contacts who are also infected. Do not use lindane topical to treat contacts who are not infected in an attempt to prevent infection from occurring.

To prevent reinfection, wash all clothing, hats, bed clothes, bed linens, hair brushes, and combs in hot water with a strong cleanser.

Talk to your doctor before using a second dose of lindane topical. Using lindane topical too soon after the first dose may cause seizures and/or death.

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