GENERIC NAME: LINDANE LOTION - TOPICAL (LIN-dane)
WARNING: This drug should only be used if other, safer medicines (e.g., permethrin, crotamiton) cannot be used or have not been effective. Do not use lindane to re-treat the same scabies infestation after the first lindane treatment does not work.
Infrequently, lindane has caused seizures (sometimes death) after prolonged or repeated use. Rare (sometimes fatal) nervous system reactions such as seizures may occur, even after correct one-time use of lindane.
Lindane should not be used in premature infants or patients with poorly controlled seizures. In addition, lindane should be used with caution in infants, children, the elderly, patients with skin conditions (e.g., skin rash, psoriasis), and patients with low body weight (e.g., less than 110 pounds or 50 kilograms).
Itching may occur after either successful or failed treatments. Avoid re-applying lindane for a few months after use.
USES: This medication is used to treat scabies only after safer medications (such as permethrin or crotamiton) have failed or caused side effects. It works by killing the tiny insects (mites) and their eggs, which cause scabies. An infection with scabies is also called an infestation. This drug should not be used to prevent scabies infestation or re-infestation.
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