Lindane Shampoo

Generic Name: Lindane

  • What is Lindane Shampoo?

    Lindane Shampoo is a topical shampoo (applied directly on the scalp) that is used to treat head lice, crab or pubic lice, and their eggs.

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

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

    Lindane Shampoo 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 lice, or if you keep it on your head or hair for a longer period of time. 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 Shampoo unless you were treated with another medicine that did not work for you, or unless you cannot use other safer medicines to treat your lice. Also, do not use Lindane Shampoo more than one time to treat an attack of lice or more than your doctor tells you, even if you still itch after using it. Lice can make your skin itch for some time even after all of the bugs are dead, and Lindane Shampoo sometimes makes this itch even worse.

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

  • Who should not take Lindane Shampoo?

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

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lindane Shampoo. 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 directly to dry hair and to the short hairs at the back of your neck once. One application of the shampoo should be sufficient.

  • How should I take Lindane Shampoo?

    Apply Lindane Shampoo 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 hair and skin on your head and neck do not have any other shampoo, cream, or oil on them. Make sure your hair is clean and dry before using Lindane Shampoo.

    Do not wash your hair within 1 hour before using Lindane Shampoo. Shake Lindane Shampoo well before using it. Apply the shampoo directly to dry hair without adding water. Keep the shampoo on your hair for 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, use a small amount of warm water to soap up or lather the shampoo and wash it off your head completely. Close the bottle with the leftover Lindane Shampoo and throw it away.

    After you wash off the shampoo, dry your hair with a towel. Use a special comb called a nit comb or tweezers to remove dead nits (lice eggs) from your hair. All recently worn clothing, underwear, pajamas, hats, 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 Shampoo.

  • What should I avoid while taking Lindane Shampoo?

    Do not use Lindane Shampoo 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 use oils on your skin or hair just before or after using Lindane Shampoo.

    Do not cover the Lindane Shampoo on your skin with anything that does not breathe, like a shower cap or towel.

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

    If Lindane Shampoo 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 combining Lindane Shampoo with the following: oils, 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 Shampoo?

    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 Shampoo if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Lindane Shampoo during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Lindane Shampoo 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 Shampoo?

    Lindane Shampoo 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 Shampoo?

    Store at room temperature.