Piperonyl Butoxide/Pyrethrum Extract (On the skin)
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Treats head lice, pubic lice (crab lice), and body lice.
Pediculicide (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Medicine containing pyrethrins is used to treat head, body, and pubic lice infections. This medicine is absorbed by the lice and destroys them by acting on their nervous systems. It does not affect humans in this way. The piperonyl butoxide is included to make the pyrethrins more effective in killing the lice. This combination medicine is known as a pediculicide.
This medicine is available without a prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Foam, Gel/Jelly, Shampoo, Spray, Liquid
Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. The directions might be different for the shampoo, rinse, gel, mousse, or other forms of this medicine.
Follow the instructions on the medicine label if you are using this medicine without a prescription.
This medicine is for use on the skin and scalp only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina. Do not use on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
Shake the medicine well before using.
Protect the eyes with a towel and keep eyes tightly closed while medicine is being applied.
Apply medicine to hair. Some forms, such as the shampoo, must be used on dry hair. Other forms, such as the gel, must be used on damp hair.
Leave the medicine on the hair for 10 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and soap or shampoo, then towel dry.
Comb hair in sections, 1 or 2 inches wide. Use a fine-toothed comb or a special lice or nit (egg) comb. Remove any lice or nits by hand using a throw-away glove. Seal lice or nets in a bag and throw away.
You might need to comb through the hair more than once, if there are still lice or nits.
Keep your comb clean and check hair daily for any lice or nits that you missed, to prevent lice from coming back.
You will need a second treatment in 7 to 10 days to kill any newly hatched lice.
Do not inhale this medicine. Do not puncture or burn the container.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat or open flame, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to piperonyl or pyrethrum.
This medicine should not be used for lice in the eyebrows or eyelashes unless your doctor tells you to.
All members of your household should be checked, because lice are easily spread from one person to another. Your sexual partner must also be checked.
To prevent reinfection, wash your clothes, bedding, and personal items (including towels, hats, combs, brushes) in hot, soapy water.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
Some forms of this medicine can catch fire. Do not use while smoking or near an open flame.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Red or swollen eyes
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
A200 Maximum Strength, A200 Time-Tested Formula, Good Neighbor Lice Solution Kit, Good Sense Complete Lice Treatment, Good Sense Lice Killing, Lice Treatment, Lice Treatment Maximum Strength, Lice-X, Licide, Medi-Lice Maximum Strength, Pronto Maximum Strength, Pyrinex, Pyrinyl, Rid, Rid Mousse, Tisit, Tisit Blue Gel
There may be other brand names for this medicine.