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Lindane Lotion

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/14/2017
Lindane Lotion Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 02/17/2017

Lindane lotion is a pediculicide and a scabicide used to treat head lice, pubic lice ("crabs"), and scabies. Lindane lotion is available in generic form. Common side effects of Lindane lotion include:

  • stinging, burning, redness, itching, or dryness of the skin, or
  • skin rash,
  • dizziness, or
  • drowsiness.

Tell your doctor if you have rare but very serious side effects of Lindane lotion including:

  • vomiting,
  • seizures,
  • uncontrollable body shaking, or
  • an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; or hives).

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.

Lindane Lotion Consumer Information

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 Professional Information


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.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Lindane Lotion (Lindane Lotion)

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