Lindane Lotion

Generic Name: Lindane

  • What is Lindane Lotion?

    Lindane Lotion is a topical lotion (applied directly on the skin) that is used to treat scabies.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Lindane Lotion?

    Lindane Lotion is for external use only. Do not use it in your eyes or mouth. If exposure occurs, rinse your eyes with water immediately.

    Lindane Lotion can cause seizures. Your risk can increase if you use it in the wrong way, if you use it more than one time to treat an attack of scabies, or if you keep it on your skin for more than 8-12 hours. In addition, infants, children, the elderly, people with other skin conditions, or people who weigh <110 lbs (50 kg) can be at risk of serious nervous system toxicity. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience seizures.

    Do not use Lindane Lotion unless you were treated with another medicine that did not work for you, or unless you cannot use other safer medicines to treat your scabies. Also, do not use Lindane Lotion more than one time to treat an attack of scabies or more than your doctor tells you, even if you still itch after using it. Scabies can make your skin itch for a few weeks after all of the bugs are dead, and Lindane Lotion sometimes makes this itch even worse.

    Lindane Lotion can cause irritation or allergic reactions when it is applied. Tell your doctor immediately if this occurs.

  • Who should not take Lindane Lotion?

    Do not use Lindane Lotion if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or if you have open or crusted (scabby) sores on your skin, lots of broken skin, or certain other skin conditions. Also, do not use Lindane Lotion if you have or have ever had seizures, have used Lindane Lotion in the past few months, have had a bad reaction to Lindane Lotion before, or to treat a premature or young baby.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Lindane Lotion?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lindane Lotion. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, other skin conditions, a seizure disorder, head injury, tumor in your brain or spinal cord, cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), alcoholism, HIV infection (AIDS), have a sexual partner, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥110 lbs (50 kg): Apply a thin layer over all your skin from the neck down once. One application of the lotion should be sufficient.

  • How should I take Lindane Lotion?

    Apply Lindane Lotion as prescribed by your doctor. Wear special gloves made of nitrile, latex with neoprene, or sheer vinyl; do not use natural latex gloves. Wash your hands well. Make sure your skin is clean and does not have any other lotion, cream, or oil on it. Wait at least 1 hour after bathing or showering before you put Lindane Lotion on your skin.

    Shake Lindane Lotion well before using it. Put the lotion under your fingernails; you can use a toothbrush to do this. Trim your fingernails short. Apply a thin layer of the lotion on your skin from the neck down. Close the bottle with the leftover Lindane Lotion and throw it away.

    Wash the lotion off your body completely after 8-12 hours. After you wash off the lotion, all recently worn clothing, underwear, pajamas, used sheets, pillowcases, and towels should be washed in very hot water or drycleaned.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly apply Lindane Lotion.

  • What should I avoid while taking Lindane Lotion?

    Do not use Lindane Lotion in your eyes, hands, or mouth. Also, do not use it if you have open wounds, cuts, or sores, unless specifically prescribed by your doctor.

    Do not let your skin touch other people's skin while you have the lotion on, especially your baby or young child.

    Do not use lotion, cream, or oil on your skin or hair just before or after using Lindane Lotion.

    Do not cover the Lindane Lotion on your skin with anything that does not breathe, like diapers with a plastic lining, plastic clothes, tight clothes, or blankets.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Lindane Lotion?

    If Lindane Lotion is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combing Lindane Lotion with the following: creams, oils, ointments, or other medications that can increase your chances of having a seizure, including certain antidepressants (such as fluoxetine), certain antipsychotics (such as risperidone), chloroquine, cyclosporine, imipenem, isoniazid, meperidine, methocarbamol, mycophenolate mofetil, pyrimethamine, tacrolimus, or theophylline.

  • What are the possible side effects of Lindane Lotion?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: body shaking, burning skin, dizziness, dry skin, itching, seizures, skin rash, sleepiness

  • Can I receive Lindane Lotion if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Lindane Lotion during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Lindane Lotion can be found in your breast milk if you use it while breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Lindane Lotion?

    Lindane Lotion should be used under special circumstances determined by your doctor. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

  • How should I store Lindane Lotion?

    Store at room temperature.