Lindane Lotion

Last updated on RxList: 5/5/2021
Lindane Lotion Side Effects Center

What Is Lindane Lotion?

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.

What Are Side Effects of Lindane Lotion?

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).

Dosage for Lindane Lotion

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.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Lindane Lotion?

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.

Lindane Lotion During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

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.

Additional Information

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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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Lindane topical can cause serious or fatal side effects, especially if you use the medicine too often or for longer than recommended.

Call your doctor or go to an emergency room if you have:

  • severe dizziness;
  • a seizure (convulsions); or
  • any problems with vision, speech, or balance.

In rare cases, some people using lindane topical have had a seizure after only one use.

Children and older adults can absorb larger amounts of this medicine through the skin and may be more likely to have side effects.

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 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)

© Lindane Lotion Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Lindane Lotion Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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