Lindane topical Side Effects
It is possible that some side effects of lindane topical may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
For the Consumer
Applies to lindane topical: topical cream, topical lotion, topical shampoo
Along with its needed effects, lindane topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking lindane topical:Rare
- Convulsions (seizures)
- dizziness, clumsiness, or unsteadiness
- fast heartbeat
- muscle cramps
- nervousness, restlessness, or irritability
- skin irritation not present before use of lindane
- skin rash
After you stop using this medicine, it may still produce some side effects that need attention. During this period of time, check with your doctor immediately if you notice the following side effects:
Serious side effects have resulted in patients using lindane. Sometime it has occurred even when used according to the labeled directions. Serious side effects have been reported following lindane use with repeat or prolonged use, but also in rare cases following a single application. You should discuss these possible effects with your doctor.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to lindane topical: topical liquid, topical lotion, topical shampoo
Seizures reported with topical lindane use for scabies have generally followed its inappropriate use. Such uses include application of the lotion after a bath to hydrated skin, repeated applications, or prolonged use. Many of the patients who have experienced seizures following lindane use are infants and small children.
Pseudotumor cerebri has been reported following long-term exposure to a lindane veterinary product.
Nervous system side effects have included dizziness, paresthesias, headache, disorientation, seizures, and death. Seizures have occurred after both improper and proper use.
Many reports of aplastic anemia occurred in the 1950s and 60s during which time lindane vaporizers were used in the home. These devices heated lindane pellets and continuously released a vapor into the air.
Hematologic abnormalities, including aplastic anemia, have been reported anecdotally in patients who were exposed to lindane pesticide or veterinarian products. At least two patients have experienced aplastic anemia following repeated, long-term use (over three to six weeks) of topical lindane for the treatment of scabies.
Dermatologic side effects have included alopecia, dermatitis, contact dermatitis, pruritus, and urticaria.
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