LYCLEAR CREME RINSE
Active substance(s): PERMETHRIN MEDICAL GRADE
This medicine is available without prescription. However, you still need to use Lyclear
Creme Rinse carefully to get the best results from it.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
• You must contact a doctor if the symptoms worsen or do not improve.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in
this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist straightaway.
In this Leaflet
What Lyclear Creme Rinse is and what it is used for
Before you use Lyclear Creme Rinse
How to use Lyclear Creme Rinse
Possible side effects
Storing Lyclear Creme Rinse
Health guide on Head lice
1. What Lyclear Creme Rinse is and what is it used for
Lyclear Creme Rinse is used as a treatment to get rid of head lice and their eggs. It
contains the ingredient permethrin which belongs to a group of medicines called
pyrethroids which kill insects such as head lice.
Lyclear Creme Rinse is for use in adults and children over 6 months of age.
2. Before you use Lyclear Creme Rinse
Do not use this medicine if:
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to any of the ingredients of Lyclear Creme Rinse
(see section 6) or to other pyrethroids.
Take special care with Lyclear Creme Rinse
If you are a healthcare worker who regularly uses Lyclear Creme Rinse on patients,
you should consider wearing gloves to avoid possible irritation to your hands.
If you have asthma - Lyclear Creme Rinse may be used normally, however talk to your
doctor or pharmacist before commencing treatment if you have any particular concerns.
If the child is less than six months old the treatment should only be carried out
having been given medical advice.
If you colour or perm your hair because the effect of this product on hair colourants
and perms has not been studied, but there have been some extremely rare
complaints about its affect on permed or coloured hair. It is therefore a good idea to
apply Lyclear to a small section of hair before treating the entire head.
If a child is doing their own treatment with Lyclear, it should be under adult supervision.
There is no reason to change your normal hair washing routines following treatment.
Lyclear is a trade mark
Taking other medicines
Lyclear Creme Rinse is not known to interact with any medicines.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
As with all medicines, if you are pregnant or breast feeding, consult your doctor
before using Lyclear Creme Rinse.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Lyclear Creme Rinse
Lyclear Creme Rinse contains methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl
parahydroxybenzoate (E216) and Sunset Yellow (E110) which may cause allergic
reactions (possibly delayed). Also contains cetyl alcohol and propylene glycol which
may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).
The active ingredient of Lyclear Creme Rinse (permethrin) is not affected by chlorine
in swimming pools, so normal swimming activities may continue after use.
Like other products used for the treatment of head lice, resistance can occur.
Check for head lice one week after treatment, if living lice are found, the treatment
should be repeated. If after 14 days it is clear that the infestation is still active, it is
recommended to use another product with a different active.
3. How to use Lyclear Creme Rinse
Not to be swallowed. For external use only.
Lyclear Creme Rinse should not irritate the
eyes but it is best to avoid it coming into
contact with the eyes. Rinse with plenty of
cold water immediately should this happen.
1 Shampoo the hair with a mild shampoo.
Do not use combined shampooconditioner or a medicated shampoo.
Rinse thoroughly and towel dry so that
the hair remains damp.
2 After shaking the bottle thoroughly,
apply sufficient Lyclear Creme Rinse to
saturate the hair, roots and scalp. Work
methodically through the hair and
remember to pay particular attention to
the areas behind the ears and around
the nape of the neck. For the majority
of individuals all of the contents of this
pack will be required to ensure that the
hair and scalp are well saturated.
3 Leave Lyclear Creme Rinse on the hair for
10 minutes. An application for longer
than 10 minutes will not give better
results, but a full 10 minutes is required.
4 Rinse thoroughly with water. After the
final rinse and while the hair is still wet,
use the comb provided in the pack to
remove the lice and eggs. Comb the hair
in sections from the roots and work over
the whole head in this way. Normal hair
drying routines can then be followed.
One bottle of Lyclear Creme Rinse is usually sufficient to treat one person with
shoulder length hair of average thickness, a little more may be required if the
person’s hair is especially thick or long. It is unlikely that more than 2 bottles will be
required per application. If necessary, a second application can be done 7 days after
the first application. If after 14 days the infestation is active, it is best to switch to
another active product.
If one member of the family needs treatment, it is important to check the rest of the
family for head lice, but only those infested should be treated.
If you use too much:
If you accidentally apply too much Lyclear Creme Rinse, rinse thoroughly with water.
If the contents of the bottle are swallowed, get medical advice from your doctor or
the Accident and Emergency Department immediately.
4. Possible Side Effects
Like all medicines Lyclear Creme Rinse may have some possible side-effects.
Occasionally skin irritation, redness or rash may occur. However side-effects are not
common and when they occur they are usually mild and cannot always be
distinguished from the head lice infestation itself.
6. Further Information
Lyclear Creme Rinse is a light orange coloured cream. Lyclear Creme Rinse is
available in packs of one or two 59 ml bottles. Included in the pack is a fine toothed
comb which can be used to remove lice and eggs after treatment with Lyclear.
Active substances: Permethrin (1% w/w)
Other ingredients: 20% w/w isopropanol, stearalkonium chloride, cetyl alcohol,
ceteth-10 (polyoxyl 10 cetyl ether), hydroxyethylcellulose, hydrolysed animal
protein, methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218), balsam fir canada, propyl
parahydroxybenzoate (E216), fragrance 06.070, propylene glycol, sunset yellow
(E110), anhydrous citric acid and purified water.
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Send all enquiries to this address.
5. Storing Lyclear Creme Rinse
What to look for
Due to their size, colour and rapid movement, head lice are difficult to see. The eggs
(creamy brown) are a little easier to spot and will be found attached to individual
hairs near to the scalp. In contrast, the white nits can often be seen further from the
scalp, this is because as the hair grows the nits (which are still glued to the hair
shaft) move with it.
The best way to find head lice and their eggs is to run a fine-toothed comb through
damp parted hair looking carefully for evidence of lice. Signs to look for include
faeces, cast skins or dead lice.
Manufactured by Medgenix Benelux n.v., Vliegveld 21, BE-8560 Wevelgem, Belgium
Louse faeces appear as black flecks like dust, often this is rubbed onto collars or
the pillow at night resulting in shirts and bed clothes becoming dirty more quickly
Lyclear is a registered trademark.
How to prevent head lice
Date of Revision: 12/2015.
Steps that can be taken to reduce the possibility of an infection include:
7. Health Guide on Head Lice
Interesting facts about head lice
It is estimated that up to half a million children catch head lice each year. Also as with
the common cold, anyone can catch head lice. So if someone in your family catches
head lice, they are not alone, and it is certainly nothing to be ashamed about!
What are head lice?
Head lice are small insects (their size can vary depending on the stage of their
Reporting of side effects:
development, but adults are usually between 2-3 mm long when fully grown) which
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any vary in colour from greyish white to brown. They like to set up home in a warm head
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly of human hair and have no preference for the type of hair, be it brunette or blonde,
via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
straight or curly, clean or dirty, head lice are not fussy.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this There is only one way for head lice to pass from one individual to another and this is
by head to head contact. Head lice cannot jump, hop or fly from one person to
Do not store above 25°C. Keep container in the outer carton. Keep out of the sight
and reach of children. Do not use Lyclear Creme Rinse after the date (month and
year) printed after "Exp" on the carton. If the expiry date has passed, take the
product back to your pharmacist for safe disposal.
The female louse will lay up to 8 oval shaped eggs every night, gluing them to the
base of individual hairs. After about seven days a young louse (nymph) emerges,
leaving behind it a white egg shell. These white egg shells remain glued to the hair
and are known as nits. The nymph will begin feeding in the same way as the adult
and within about 10 days will be mature and capable of breeding.
another, and it is also unlikely for them to be passed on through things like towels,
combs and chair backs.
Head lice spend most of their time on or near the scalp as they need warmth to
survive. They grip on to the hair by means of special claws and feed on the scalp by
A Check whole family’s hair using a fine toothed detection comb on a regular
basis, for any signs of head lice. If live head lice are found it is important to
trace the source of the original infection. This may be someone well known to
the family, but who may not be aware that they have head lice. If this person
is not identified and treated, others can be quickly infected, sometimes within
hours after treatment.
B If a child in your family is found to have lice, please inform their school, other
parents, Health Visitor and School Nurse.
Getting the best from this treatment
In most cases a single treatment is sufficient to eliminate head lice. Use of hair
mousses, gels, sprays, 2 in 1 shampoos and conditioners immediately before
treatment may reduce its effectiveness.
Lice may continue to move or twitch up to 24 hours after treatment, this is normal
and not a sign of treatment failure.
There is potential for head lice to develop resistance to treatments. If you detect live
lice during the 7 days after the first application, a second treatment should be given
on day 7. If further treatments are required consult a doctor or pharmacist, continual
repetitive treatment should be avoided.