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Lindane

Generic Name: lindane topical (LIN dane)
Brand Name:
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Drug Information:
Lindane is an anti-parasite medicine. Lindane topical (for the skin) kills certain parasites that live or lay eggs in your skin or hair. Lindane topical shampoo is used to treat head lice or pubic lice ("crabs"). Lindane topical lotion is used to treat scabies. lindane topical is for use in adults and children who weigh at least 110 pounds. Lindane topical should be used only if other medicines cannot be given, or have been tried without success. Lindane topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Learn more

Lindane Side Effects

Lindane topical Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to lindane topical: topical lotion, topical shampoo

Warning

Topical route (Lotion; Shampoo)

Lindane should only be used in patients who cannot tolerate or have failed first-line treatment with safer medications for the treatment of scabies. Seizures and deaths have been reported following lindane use. Risk of serious neurotoxicity when used in infants, children, the elderly, individuals with other skin conditions (eg, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis), and in those who weigh less than 110 lbs (50 kg). Lindane is contraindicated in premature infants and individuals with known uncontrolled seizure disorders. Instruct patients on the proper use of lindane.

Along with its needed effects, lindane topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking lindane topical:

Rare

  • Convulsions (seizures)
  • dizziness, clumsiness, or unsteadiness
  • fast heartbeat
  • muscle cramps
  • nervousness, restlessness, or irritability
  • vomiting
  • skin irritation not present before use of lindane
  • skin rash

After you stop using this medicine, it may still produce some side effects that need attention. During this period of time, check with your doctor immediately if you notice the following side effects:

Serious side effects have resulted in patients using lindane. Sometime it has occurred even when used according to the labeled directions. Serious side effects have been reported following lindane use with repeat or prolonged use, but also in rare cases following a single application. You should discuss these possible effects with your doctor.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to lindane topical: topical liquid, topical lotion, topical shampoo

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Dizziness, seizures, other central nervous system stimulation

Postmarketing reports: Headache, paresthesia

Other

Frequency not reported: Death

Postmarketing reports: Pain

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: Irritant dermatitis

Postmarketing reports: Alopecia, dermatitis, pruritus, urticaria

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Lindane (www.drugs.com/mtm/lindane-topical.html).