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Lindane Lotion Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Lindane lotion is used to treat head lice, pubic lice ("crabs"), and scabies. It is a pediculicide and a scabicide. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include stinging, burning, or redness of the skin. Apply a thin layer of lindane lotion over all skin from the neck down. One ounce is a sufficient dose for an average adult. Apply only once. Wash off in 8 to 12 hours. Do not retreat. Lindane topical may interact with other medications that increase the risk of seizures. Do not apply other topical preparations to the affected area during treatment with lindane topical. During pregnancy, lindane lotion should be used only when prescribed. If you are pregnant, do not apply lindane shampoo to others unless you have discussed it with your doctor. Use gloves as directed. 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. To lessen the chance of exposure to the medication and possible side effects, pump 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 using lindane lotion.
Our Lindane lotion Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Lindane Lotion in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
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.
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Lindane Lotion Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
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.
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Lindane Lotion FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Lindane Lotion has been reported to cause central nervous system stimulation ranging from dizziness to seizures. Although seizures were almost always associated with ingestion or misuse of the product (to include repeat treatment), seizures and deaths have been reported when Lindane Lotion was used according to directions. Irritant dermatitis from contact with this product has also been reported. (See WARNINGS, PRECAUTIONS, and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION.)
Postmarketing Experience: The following adverse reactions reflect additional postmarketing experience of Lindane Lotion. These events include alopecia, dermatitis, headache, pain, paresthesia, pruritus and urticaria. The relationship of some of these events to Lindane therapy is unknown.
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