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Generic Name: ivermectin
Dosage Form: lotion

Medically reviewed by Judith Stewart, BPharm. Last updated on Oct 29, 2020.

What is Sklice Lotion?

Sklice is a nonprescription lotion used to treat head lice in people 6 months of age and older.

Sklice is for topical use on the hair and scalp only.

It is not known if it is safe and effective for children under 6 months of age.

Before using Sklice Lotion

Before using Sklice Lotion, tell your healthcare provider if you or your child:

  • have any skin conditions or sensitivities.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Sklice Lotion can harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Ivermectin has been found in breast milk when taken by mouth and may pass into breast milk after using Sklice Lotion. If you use Sklice Lotion and breastfeed your baby:
    • avoid accidental transfer of Sklice Lotion to your breast to help prevent ingestion by your baby.
    • talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby during treatment with Sklice Lotion.

How should I use Sklice Lotion?

  • Use exactly as directed.
  • Use when your hair is dry.
  • It is important to use enough lotion to completely coat all of your hair and scalp. Leave on your hair and scalp for a full 10 minutes and then rinse off with water.
  • You need to completely cover all the scalp and hair with lotion.
  • Children will need an adult to apply Sklice Lotion for them.
  • Do not swallow. If swallowed, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
  • Do not get the lotion into your eyes. If it gets in your eye, gently flush with water.
  • Wash your hands after application.

When you complete your dose of Sklice Lotion, do not use again without talking to your healthcare provider first.

Sklice Lotion side effects

The most common side effects include:

  • eye redness or soreness
  • eye irritation
  • dandruff
  • dry skin
  • burning sensation of the skin

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store Sklice Lotion?

  • Store at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • Do not freeze.
  • Safely throw away any unused Sklice Lotion.

Keep all medicines out of reach of children.

What are the ingredients in Sklice Lotion?

Active ingredient: ivermectin

Inactive ingredients: water, olive oil, oleyl alcohol, Crodalan AWS, lanolin alcohol, cyclomethicone, shea butter, sodium citrate, sorbitan tristearate, methylparaben, propylparaben, and citric acid.

Instructions for Use

Before you use Sklice Lotion, it is important that you read the Instructions for Use so that you use Sklice Lotion the right way. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

  • Your hair and scalp must be dry before application.
  • Use the top of cap to break the tamper seal on the tube.
  • Apply lotion directly to dry hair and scalp.
  • Completely cover your scalp and hair closest to the scalp first, and then apply outwards towards the ends of your hair.
  • Rub Sklice Lotion throughout your hair.
  • It is important to completely cover your entire head so that all lice and eggs are exposed to the lotion. Be sure that each hair is coated from the scalp to the tip.
  • Use up to 1 entire tube (4 oz) to completely cover hair and scalp.
  • Allow the lotion to stay on your hair and scalp for 10 minutes after it has been applied. Use a timer or clock. Start timing after you have completely covered your hair and scalp with the lotion.
  • After 10 minutes, completely rinse the lotion from your hair and scalp using only water.
  • You or anyone who helps you apply Sklice Lotion should wash their hands after application.
  • Do not use again without talking to your healthcare provider first.

How do I stop the spread of lice?

To help prevent the spread of lice from one person to another, here are some steps you can take:

  • Avoid direct head-to-head contact with anyone known to have live, crawling lice.
  • Do not share combs, brushes, hats, scarves, bandannas, ribbons, barrettes, hair bands, towels, helmets, or other hair-related personal items with anyone else, whether they have lice or not.
  • Avoid sleepovers and slumber parties during lice outbreaks. Lice can live in bedding, pillows, and carpets that have recently been used by someone with lice.
  • After finishing treatment with lice medicine, check everyone in your family for lice after one week. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about treatments for those who have lice.
  • Machine wash any bedding and clothing used by anyone having lice. Machine wash at high temperatures (150°F) and tumble in a hot dryer for 20 minutes.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.