COMMON MISUSE OF SCABIES/LICE MEDICATION
CAN BE DANGEROUS
Though typically safe and effective when used according to
directions, misuse of various medications used to treat scabies
and lice is common. This misuse - which includes using more
of a medication, using it more often, or using it for a longer
time than that which the doctor has ordered - can be dangerous.
Overuse, especially for infants, can result in toxic effects
in the central nervous system, such seizures. Products that
are sometimes misused include well-known brand names like
Kwildane®, Scabene®, and Thionex®. The creams and lotions
are routinely used to treat scabies. Shampoos are typically
used to treat lice. All contain the generic drug lindane -
a drug where more is definitely not better.
Here's how the misuse usually occurs. Sometimes there's still
itching even after successful treatment, because of normal,
lingering inflammation. Yet well-meaning parents often believe
this is still a symptom of infestation and continue medicating
beyond the recommended amount. Also, parents sometimes use
too much of the product in the first place, not realizing
that a medicated cream, lotion, or shampoo should be measured
just as carefully as other kinds of medication.
You should always receive special instructions when you get
lindane, in any of its forms, from your pharmacy or your doctor.
Lindane-based products, like all medications, are powerful
substances. Read and follow directions carefully. As usual,
store the medication out of the reach of children.
Institute for Safe Medication Practices