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

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Lyn C C Guenther, MD, FRCPC, FAAD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Isopropyl myristate (Resultz) is available in Canada and Europe, but not in the United States (it is currently in phase III clinical trials). It is a non-insecticide–based drug that contains isopropyl myristate, an ingredient commonly used in cosmetics. Its mode of action is a mechanical process that weakens the waxy shell of lice, resulting in internal fluid loss and dehydration. [36]


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