What is this medicine?
LINDANE (LIN dane) shampoo is a treatment for lice infestation of hair, including hair in the pubic area (crabs). This medicine kills the parasites and their eggs, but it does not prevent infestations. This medicine is a poison if it is not used properly. Ask your doctor, health care professional or pharmacist to explain any information you do not understand.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the product label. Do not wash hair with conditioner or a combination shampoo-conditioner immediately before applying this medicine. Follow product-specific instructions for length of application and product removal. All products should be rinsed from the hair over a sink or tub to limit skin exposure; do not use hot water. In general, do not re-wash the hair for 1 to 2 days after use.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
restlessness, nervousness, irritability
skin rash or itching that was not there before treatment
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
dry skin or scalp
itching (this can continue for 1 or more weeks after use)
What may interact with this medicine?
cyclosporine, mycophenolate mofetil, tacrolimus capsules
medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
medicines to treat alzheimer's disease or myasthenia gravis
radiopaque contrast agents
some antibiotics like penicillins, imipenem and quinolones such as ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, gatifloxacin
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply as this medicine is applied as a single dose. Do not repeat the treatment.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Keep container tightly closed. After applying the treatment, close the bottle with the leftover shampoo and throw it away out of the reach of children. Do not keep this medicine after using it.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
brain or spinal tumor
burns, wounds or other damaged skin
eczema or atopic dermatitis
frequently drink alcoholic beverages
an unusual or allergic reaction to lindane, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Let your doctor or health care professional know if you still see lice after 7 days of the initial application. Do not use this medicine more than 1 time to treat lice. Using more than directed may increase your risk of experiencing serious side effects including seizures. If you or a family member experience a seizure, get emergency help right away.
Do not use this medicine on damaged skin. It can penetrate through skin that is burned, cut, scraped, or covered in a rash, and cause serious side effects.
If you are applying this medicine to another person, wear plastic or disposable gloves to protect yourself from lice infestation and exposure to the medicine.
All recently worn clothing, underwear, pajamas, used sheets, pillowcases, and towels should be washed in very hot water or dry-cleaned. Close personal contact can spread the infestation. Family members and sexual contacts may require treatment for lice.
July 17, 2018