Lindane is a treatment for scabies and lice. Scabies is a small mite that attaches themselves to the skin and causes irritation. Similarly, lice are small parasites that live in human hair and on the scalp. Lindane is a lotion or shampoo that kills the lice or mites. It is important to note that the shampoo is only to be used for head lice or pubic lice and that the lotion is only to be used for skin. Another important warning is that Lindane has been linked to some serious side effects and that the medication should only be used when other treatments have not worked or if specifically instructed by a physician. Lindane can be expensive with a single treatment costing around $152. Save on the cost of lindane lotion or shampoo by using the Optum Perks discount card, or by searching for a lindane coupon. Simply enter the name of the drug and compare prices of nearby pharmacies. Then download and print the coupon to present to your pharmacist. Make the process even easier by having a lindane discount sent directly to your cell phone by text message or email.

Lindane is in a class of medications called scabicides and pediculicides. Scabicides and pediculicides work by killing the mites and lice that are attached to the skin. Lindane can be either a lotion to be used to kill mites on the skin or as shampoo to clear lice on the scalp. 

Lindane is a one-time treatment for skin and scalp. The lotion is to be used only the treatment of scabies on the body.

Instructions for applying lindane lotion:

  1. ?Trim fingernails short. Clean your skin with soap and water, do not use any other oils, lotions, or creams. Wait until skin is cool.
  2. Shake lotion well. Apply the lotion under your fingernails, using a toothbrush is recommended. Throw toothbrush away and do not use again.
  3. Apply lotion all over skin in a thin layer, from your neck to the soles of your feet and toes.
  4. Throw away any remaining lotion. Do not save for future use. Make sure to tightly close bottle before disposal.
  5. After applying lotion, you can dress in loose fitting clothing. Be sure not to dress in tight or plastic clothing, or cover your skin with a blanket. If you are treating a baby, do not use a diaper with plastic lining. Do not touch other people’s skin.
  6. Lotion should be left on the skin for 8 to 12 hours. Do not leave lotion on for longer than recommended; this can cause seizures. Wash lotion off with warm, not hot, water.

Lindane shampoo is to be used only for the treatment of pubic and head lice. Do not use the shampoo if you have scabies.

Instructions for applying lindane shampoo:

  1. Wash your hair with your usual shampoo and dry hair thoroughly. Do not use any creams, oils, or conditioners.
  2. Shake bottle. On dry hair, apply just enough shampoo to make the scalp, hair, and back of the neck wet. On pubic hair, apply enough the hair and skin beneath are wet.
  3. Close the bottle and throw it away, out of reach of children. Do not save the bottle to use again in the future.
  4. Leaving your head uncovered, wait exactly 4 minutes. Do not leave the shampoo in for longer than 4 minutes as this can lead to seizures.
  5. Wash all shampoo out of your hair and off skin with warm water.
  6. Dry the hair with a clean towel.
  7. Comb hair with a fine tooth comb, or use tweezers to remove any egg shells from your scalp (or pubic area). With head lice, you may need to ask someone else for help.
  8. Sanitize all clothing, sheets, pillows, and towels you have used recently. Wash with very hot water or have the fabric dry-cleaned.

If itching continues after treatment, do NOT re-apply lindane. 

Lindane can cause serious side effects, only use lindane if specifically directed to by a doctor, or if you cannot use the other medications. Safer alternatives to Lindane exist.

Serious side effects including seizure and death have occurred, mostly in patients who used too much Lindane or used too many doses. Serious side effects have also occurred in people who followed the doctor and label instructions. Pregnant women, children, people who weigh less than 110 lbs, and people with psoriasis, rashes, scabby or broken skin are more likely to experience serious side effects.

Tell your doctor if you have a damaged immune system, HIV, or AIDS. Or if you experience seizures, have had a head injury or brain tumor, or liver disease. Tell your doctor about any current or past alcohol abuse.

Tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, and supplements you are taking. Be sure to mention if you are taking: Antidepressants , Antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro) gatifloxacin (Tequin), gemifloxacin (Factive), imipenem/cilastatin (Primaxin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), nalidixic acid (NegGram), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin (Floxin), and penicillin, chloroquine sulfate, Isoniazid (INH, Laniazid, Nydrazid), Medication for mental illness, Immune suppressants such as cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune), mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept), or tacrolimus (Prograf), Meperidine (Demerol), Methocarbamol (Robaxin), Neostigmine (Prostigmin), Pyridostigmine (Mestinon, Regonol), Pyrimethamine (Daraprim), Radiographic dyes, Sedatives or sleeping pills, Tacrine (Cognex), and Theophylline (TheoDur, Theobid).

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, use gloves when applying lindane to another person. If are breastfeeding and use lindane, pump and discard your milk for 24 hours before breastfeeding your baby again. Do not touch your baby’s skin until you've washed Lindane off. 

Lindane side effects may include: skin rash, itching or burning skin, dry skin, numbness or tingling of the skin, or hair loss.

Call your doctor immediately if you experience the following: a headache, dizziness, drowsiness, shaking of your body that you cannot control, or seizures.

This may not be a complete list of warnings. Consult with your doctor regarding possible risks associated with taking this medication, and refer to the warning label on your medication for more information.

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