Lindane Shampoo

Last updated on RxList: 2/14/2017
Lindane Shampoo Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 3/25/2016

Lindane Shampoo, 1% is a pediculicide and a scabicide used to treat head lice, pubic lice ("crabs"), and scabies. Lindane Shampoo is available in generic form. Common side effects of Lindane Shampoo include:

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

Most patients will require only a 1 ounce dose of Lindane Shampoo. Based on the length and density of hair, some patients may require 2 ounces of Lindane Shampoo. Lindane Shampoo may interact with other topical preparations applied to the affected area, or other medications that increase the risk of seizures. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. It is unknown if Lindane Shampoo topical will be harmful to a fetus. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. Lindane passes into breast milk, and may be harmful to a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Lindane Shampoo, 1% 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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Central nervous system stimulation ranging from dizziness to seizures, has been reported particularly with use of Lindane Lotion. 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 Shampoo 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 the additional postmarketing experience of Lindane Shampoo. 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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© Lindane Shampoo Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Lindane Shampoo Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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