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Lindane topical Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to lindane topical: topical cream, topical lotion, topical shampoo

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by lindane topical. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Severity: Moderate

If any of the following side effects occur while taking lindane topical, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

  • Convulsions (seizures)
  • dizziness, clumsiness, or unsteadiness
  • fast heartbeat
  • muscle cramps
  • nervousness, restlessness, or irritability
  • vomiting
  • skin irritation not present before use of lindane
  • skin rash

Side Effects: Post Treatment

After you stop taking this drug, it is possible that you may still experience side effects that need medical attention. If you notice any of the following side effects check with your doctor immediately:

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

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Dizziness, seizures, other central nervous system stimulation
Postmarketing reports: Headache, paresthesia[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Death
Postmarketing reports: Pain[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Irritant dermatitis
Postmarketing reports: Alopecia, dermatitis, pruritus, urticaria[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Lindane (lindane topical)." VersaPharm Inc, Marietta, GA.

Not all side effects for lindane topical may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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