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What is lindane topical? (Taken from Yahoo!Health)
Lindane is a pediculicide and a scabicide. It affects the nervous system of the parasites. Lindane topical is used to treat head lice, pubic lice ("crabs"), and scabies. Lindane topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Who should not use lindane topical?
Do not use lindane topical without the first talking to your doctor if you
Lindane topical is in the pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether lindane topical will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use lindane topical without first talking to 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. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Lindane topical may have increased side effects when used by elderly individuals. Talk to your doctor before using lindane topical if you are 65 years of age or older.
How should I use lindane topical?
Use lindane topical exactly as directed by your doctor, or follow the directions that accompany the package. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you. With incorrect use or overuse, lindane can be dangerous and can permanently damage the central nervous system.
If your doctor prescribes lindane to treat scabies, make sure you receive, understand, and follow detailed instructions for using it correctly. Do not use more of this medication than is recommended. Using more than the prescribed amount of lindane topical may cause seizures or other dangerous side effects. If you are putting lindane topical on another person, wear special gloves made of nitrile, latex with neoprene, or sheer vinyl.
Do not use natural latex gloves because more lindane can go through that kind of glove. Wash your hands thoroughly after application of the medication. To treat scabies: · Apply a thin layer of the cream or lotion to all body parts from the neck down to the soles of the feet (scabies does not usually infect the head).
Apply the medication to dry skin and rub it in well. Trim the fingernails and apply the medication under the nails with a toothbrush. Throw away the toothbrush after using it to apply the medication. Do not cover the skin treated with lindane lotion with anything that does not breathe, like diapers with plastic lining, plastic clothes, tight clothes, or blankets. Leave the medication on for 8 to 12 hours, then wash it off completely with warm but not hot water.
Do not allow the medication to sit for longer than 8 to 12 hours. Scabies is usually cured with one application. Itching may persist for several weeks, but it does not mean that the infection has not been cured. If living mites become visible, a second treatment may be necessary. Talk to your doctor before using a second dose of lindane topical. Using lindane topical too soon after the first dose may cause seizures and/or death.
Do not apply this medication to the face, eyes, nose, or mouth. Flush with water if you get medication in any of these areas. Seek medical attention if lindane topical is ingested or if irritation is persistent. Do not apply lindane topical to open cuts or wounds. Doing so could cause too much medication to be absorbed by the body, which could be very dangerous. Do not allow skin treated with lindane topical to touch others who have not been treated with the medication, especially a baby or small child.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention. Symptoms of an oral or topical lindane overdose include tremors, excitation, agitation, seizures, and possibly death.
What are the possible side effects of lindane topical?
Stop using lindane topical and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an uncommon but serious side effect such as ·
Other less serious side effects may also occur. Talk to your doctor if you experience
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.
What other drugs will affect lindane topical?
Do not apply other topical preparations to the affected area during treatment with lindane topical. Lindane topical should not be used with other medications that increase the risk of seizures. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before using lindane topical if you are taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has additional information about lindane topical written for health professionals that you may read. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by Cerner Multum, Inc. ('Multum') is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive.
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Information on Ivermectin
Ivermectin ( Brand names also named "Stromectol" "Mectizano" originally manufactured as an animal dewormer)
How It Works (Taken from Yahoo!Health)
Ivermectin is a prescription medication taken as a pill to kill scabies mites and their eggs. However, in the United States, treating scabies with ivermectin is considered an unlabeled use of the medication.
Why It Is Used
The role of using ivermectin to treat scabies remains unclear. More study is needed to determine this medication's effectiveness and guidelines for the amount that should be given. However, doctors may prescribe ivermectin to treat a scabies infestation in certain situations.
How Well It Works
A medication to treat a scabies
infestation is successful when it kills all scabies mites and eggs.
More research is needed to find out how effectively ivermectin kills
scabies, the amount that should be given, and in which cases it
would be the preferred treatment.
Limited data suggests that ivermectin treatment is safe for adults and children who weigh more than 33 lb (15 kg). Mild side effects may include:
What To Think About
Ivermectin is getting more attention
in the medical community as a treatment option for scabies. However,
more testing is needed to confirm its safety and to identify the
people who would benefit most from it.