BENZYL ALCOHOL (BEN zil AL kuh hawl) lotion is used to treat lice of the hair and scalp. It acts by destroying the lice. It does not destroy their eggs; a second treatment is needed 7 days after the first treatment.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
an unusual or allergic reaction to benzyl alcohol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Cover your face and eyes with a towel and keep your eyes closed tightly. Apply to dry hair. Make sure to apply the lotion to the area behind your ears. Use enough lotion to completely soak the hair and scalp; dripping may occur. Massage the lotion into the scalp and hair. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse completely with water. A fine-tooth comb or special nit comb may be used to remove dead lice and nits. Wash hands after using this medicine. Repeat the treatment in 7 days. Do not get into eyes. If this medicine gets in the eye, flush with water right away. Do not use this medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this medicine may be prescribed for children as young as 6 months for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss your second dose, use it as soon as you can. Do not use double or extra doses.
Interactions are not expected.
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
All recently worn clothing, hats, used bedding, and towels should be washed in hot water or dry-cleaned. Combs, brushes, and hair clips should also be washed in hot water.
This medicine gets rid of lice, but it does not get rid of their eggs. A second treatment is needed 7 days after the first treatment.
Head lice can be spread from one person to another by direct contact with clothing, hats, scarves, bedding, towels, washcloths, hairbrushes, and combs. All members of your household should be examined for head lice and should receive treatment if they are found to be infected. If you have any questions about this, check with your doctor or health care professional.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
eye or skin irritation
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.