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Generic Name: lindane topical (Pronunciation: LIN dane)

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.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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