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Lindane Shampoo

Last reviewed 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.

Lindane Shampoo 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.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Lindane Shampoo (Lindane Shampoo)

Lindane Shampoo Professional Information


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.

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

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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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