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Generic: benzyl alcohol topical
It lotion is used to treat lice of the hair and scalp
               



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What is this medicine?

BENZYL ALCOHOL (BEN zil AL kuh hawl) lotion is used to treat lice of the hair and scalp. It acts by destroying the lice. It does not destroy their eggs; a second treatment is needed 7 days after the first treatment.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to benzyl alcohol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • breast feeding
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Cover your face and eyes with a towel and keep your eyes closed tightly. Apply to dry hair. Make sure to apply the lotion to the area behind your ears. Use enough lotion to completely soak the hair and scalp; dripping may occur. Massage the lotion into the scalp and hair. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse completely with water. A fine- tooth comb or special nit comb may be used to remove dead lice and nits. Wash hands after using this medicine. Repeat the treatment in 7 days. Do not get into eyes. If this medicine gets in the eye, flush with water right away. Do not use this medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this medicine may be prescribed for children as young as 6 months for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss your second dose, use it as soon as you can. Do not use double or extra doses.

               
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