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(ivermectin) Lotion, 0.5%

Important: For use on scalp hair and scalp only. Do not use SKLICE Lotion in your eyes, mouth or vagina.

Read the Patient Information that comes with SKLICE Lotion. This leaflet does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.

What is SKLICE Lotion?

SKLICE Lotion is a prescription medicine for topical use on the hair and scalp only. SKLICE Lotion is used to treat head lice in people 6 months of age and older.

It is not known if SKLICE Lotion is safe and effective for children under 6 months of age.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using SKLICE Lotion?

Before using SKLICE Lotion, tell your healthcare provider if you or your child:

  • have any skin conditions or sensitivities,
  • have any other medical conditions,
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if SKLICE Lotion can harm your unborn baby, and
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if SKLICE Lotion passes into your breast milk. Talk to your health care provider if you are breastfeeding.

How should I use SKLICE Lotion?

  • Use SKLICE Lotion exactly as prescribed. Your healthcare provider will prescribe the treatment that is right for you. Do not change your treatment unless you talk to your healthcare provider.
  • Use SKLICE Lotion when your hair is dry.
  • It is important to use enough SKLICE Lotion to completely coat all of your hair and scalp. Leave SKLICE Lotion on your hair and scalp for a full 10 minutes. See the detailed "Patient Instructions for Use" at the end of this leaflet.
  • You need to completely cover all the scalp and hair with lotion. Make sure that you and anyone who helps you apply SKLICE Lotion reads and understands this leaflet and the Instructions for Use.
  • Children will need an adult to apply SKLICE Lotion for them.
  • Do not swallow SKLICE Lotion. If swallowed, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
  • Do not get SKLICE Lotion into your eyes. If SKLICE Lotion gets in your eye, gently flush with water.
  • Wash your hands after applying SKLICE Lotion.

When you complete your dose of SKLICE Lotion, do not use SKLICE Lotion again without talking to your healthcare provider first.

What are the possible side effects of SKLICE Lotion?

The most common side effects of SKLICE Lotion include:

  • eye redness or soreness
  • eye irritation
  • dandruff
  • dry skin
  • burning sensation of the skin

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of SKLICE Lotion. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

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

How should I store SKLICE Lotion:

  • Store SKLICE Lotion at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • Do not freeze SKLICE Lotion.
  • Safely throw away any unused SKLICE Lotion.

Keep SKLICE Lotion and all medicines out of reach of children.

What are the ingredients in SKLICE Lotion?

Active ingredient: ivermectin

Inactive ingredients: water, olive oil, oleyl alcohol, Crodalan AWS, lanolin alcohol, cyclomethicone, shea butter, sodium citrate, sorbitan tristearate, methylparaben, propylparaben, and citric acid

General information about SKLICE Lotion

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use SKLICE Lotion for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give SKLICE Lotion to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them. This Patient Information leaflet summarizes the most important information about SKLICE Lotion. If you would like more information, talk to your healthcare provider. You can also ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about SKLICE Lotion that is written for health professionals.

Instructions for Use

Before you use SKLICE Lotion, it is important that you read the Patient Information and these Instructions for Use. Be sure that you read, understand, and follow these Instructions for Use so that you use SKLICE Lotion the right way. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have questions about the right way to use SKLICE Lotion.

  • Your hair and scalp must be dry before applying SKLICE Lotion.

Figure A

break the tamper seal - Illustration

  • Use the top of cap to break the tamper seal on the tube.(See Figure A)

Figure B

Apply SKLICE Lotion - Illustration

Figure C

Method of application - Illustration

Figure D

Rub SKLICE Lotion throughout your hair - Illustration

  • Apply SKLICE Lotion directly to dry hair and scalp. (See Figure B)
  • Completely cover your scalp and hair closest to the scalp first, and then apply outwards towards the ends of your hair. (See Figure C)
  • Rub SKLICE Lotion throughout your hair. (See Figure D)
  • It is important to completely cover your entire head so that all lice and eggs are exposed to the lotion. Be sure that each hair is coated from the scalp to the tip.
  • Use up to 1 entire tube (4 oz) to completely cover hair and scalp.

Figure E

Use a timer or clock - Illustration

Figure F

rinse SKLICE Lotion from your hair - Illustration

  • Allow SKLICE Lotion to stay on your hair and scalp for 10 minutes after it has been applied. Use a timer or clock. Start timing after you have completely covered your hair and scalp with SKLICE Lotion. (See Figure E)
  • After 10 minutes, completely rinse SKLICE Lotion from your hair and scalp using only water. (See Figure F)
  • You or anyone who helps you apply SKLICE Lotion should wash their hands after application.
  • Do not use SKLICE Lotion again without talking to your healthcare provider first.

How do I stop the spread of lice?

To help prevent the spread of lice from one person to another, here are some steps you can take:

  • Avoid direct head-to-head contact with anyone known to have live, crawling lice.
  • Do not share combs, brushes, hats, scarves, bandannas, ribbons, barrettes, hair bands, towels, helmets, or other hair-related personal items with anyone else, whether they have lice or not.
  • Avoid sleepovers and slumber parties during lice outbreaks. Lice can live in bedding, pillows, and carpets that have recently been used by someone with lice.
  • After finishing treatment with lice medicine, check everyone in your family for lice after one week. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about treatments for those who have lice.
  • Machine wash any bedding and clothing used by anyone having lice. Machine wash at high temperatures (150°F) and tumble in a hot dryer for 20 minutes.

This Patient Information has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/22/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

Additional Sklice Information

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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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