Acetic acid shampoo

Generic Name: acetic acid (a-SEE-tik)
Brand Name: Klout

Acetic acid shampoo is used for:

Treating head lice.

Acetic acid shampoo is a pediculicide (kills lice). It works by killing lice and by loosening the bond between the nits (lice eggs) and the hair, allowing them to be more easily combed out of the hair (with a special nit comb).

Do NOT use acetic acid shampoo if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in acetic acid shampoo

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using acetic acid shampoo:

Some medical conditions may interact with acetic acid shampoo. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with acetic acid shampoo. Because little, if any, of acetic acid shampoo is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if acetic acid shampoo may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use acetic acid shampoo:

Use acetic acid shampoo as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Follow instructions provided with each product. Instructions for use vary from product to product.
  • Over a sink (not in a bathtub), apply the shampoo to dry hair until hair is wet. Be careful not to get shampoo into the eyes.
  • Work shampoo into hair and allow it to remain for 10 minutes. Brief tingling may occur.
  • Rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Carefully comb hair in sections, using a nit comb, working from the scalp out to the ends. Inspect each section to ensure removal of all lice and eggs from hair.
  • Wipe comb with a tissue or dip in a cup of hot water to clean off any lice or eggs sticking to it. Wash comb in hot water after use.
  • Reinspect hair each day for presence of lice or eggs for 7 to 10 days after treatment. If lice or eggs are seen at any time, repeat process.
  • Itching may continue for several days even after scabies, mites, or eggs are no longer visible.
  • If you miss a dose of acetic acid shampoo, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use acetic acid shampoo.

Important safety information:

  • Acetic acid shampoo is for external use only. Avoid contact with eyes, eyelids, mucous membranes (eg, nose, mouth), acutely inflamed skin, or raw, oozing skin.
  • Acetic acid shampoo may be harmful if swallowed. If you or someone you know may have taken acetic acid shampoo by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Avoid contact with eyes. Flush with water immediately if eye contact occurs.
  • All members of your household are usually treated because this condition spreads by personal contact. Wash linens, clothes, and towels in hot water or dry clean them to prevent recurrence.
  • CHILDREN are usually not allowed to attend school when lice or nits are present.

Possible side effects of acetic acid shampoo:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of acetic acid shampoo:

Store acetic acid shampoo at room temperature, away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep acetic acid shampoo out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about acetic acid shampoo, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Acetic acid shampoo is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take acetic acid shampoo or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about acetic acid shampoo. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to acetic acid shampoo. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using acetic acid shampoo.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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