What is the role of lindane in the treatment of pediculosis and pthiriasis (lice infestation)?

Updated: Aug 16, 2019
  • Author: Lyn C C Guenther, MD, FRCPC, FAAD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Lindane is an organochloride that should be reserved for treatment of individuals in whom alternative treatment has failed or is intolerable. [4, 13] Seizures may result from abnormal absorption or gross overuse of the product. It should not be used in patients with a defective cutaneous barrier, premature infants, people with seizure disorders, or pregnant or breastfeeding women. [13] Many authors recommend that it not be used in elderly persons or people who weigh less than 110 pounds. [13] Because of safety concerns, retreatment should also be avoided.

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