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Description of Gamma Benzene

Brand Name(s): Gamma Benzene, Kwell, Scabene

Generic Name Lindane

What is lindane skin lotion?

LINDANE (Kildane®, Kwell®, Scabene®) is a treatment for scabies (a skin infestation) of the trunk and extremities. Scabies mites burrow under the skin and cause intense itching. Lindane kills the parasites and their eggs, but it does not prevent infestations. You will be given a Medication Guide to read every time you or a family member get lindane lotion. Always read this guide as there may be new information. Make sure you know how to properly use the lotion. Lindane is a poison if it is not used properly. Ask your prescriber, health care professional or pharmacist to explain any information you do not understand. Generic lindane lotion is available.

What should my health care professional know before I use lindane?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • frequently drink alcohol-containing beverages
  • brain or spinal tumor
  • burns, wounds or other damaged skin
  • eczema or atopic dermatitis
  • head trauma
  • HIV infection
  • liver disease
  • psoriasis
  • seizures (convulsions)
  • skin rash
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to lindane, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Lindane lotion is for external use only. Lindane is poisonous if taken by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Make sure your skin is clean and dry and does not have any other lotion, cream, or oil on it. Oils can make the lotion go through your skin faster and may increase the risk of seizures. Wait for at least 1 hour after bathing or showering before you put this lotion on your skin. Wet or warm skin can make the lotion go through your skin faster and may increase the risk of seizures. Shake the bottle well before use. Put the lotion under your fingernails, because the scabies really like to stay there. Trim your fingernails short first. Then use a toothbrush to get the lotion under your fingernails. Wrap this toothbrush in paper and throw this toothbrush away to avoid poisoning. Then put a very thin layer of the lotion on your skin from the neck down. Do not cover the lotion on your skin with anything that does not breathe, like diapers with a plastic lining, plastic clothes, tight clothes, or blankets. Wash the lotion off your skin after 8 to 12 hours. You must wash the lotion off your body completely at this time. Use warm, but not hot water. Hot water is not safe. This lotion will not kill any more scabies after 8 to 12 hours and leaving it on longer can cause serious health problems, such as seizures and death. Do not repeat the treatment; repeat treatment may not be safe; check with your prescriber. You may still itch after you have used this lotion. This does not mean you need more. Even after all the scabies (bugs) are dead, they can still make your skin itch for a long time. The lotion sometimes makes this itch even worse. Talk to your prescriber about things you can do to soothe the itch.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. Keep this medicine out of the reach of children.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply as lindane is applied as a single dose. Do not repeat the treatment.

What drug(s) may interact with lindane?

Tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are using any other prescription or nonprescription medicine that is to be applied to the skin. These may affect the way your medicine works.

What side effects may I notice from using lindane?

Side effects are most likely to occur if you have damaged or broken skin, if lindane is applied too often, or if you inhale the vapor. Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • dizziness
  • heart palpitations
  • nausea, vomiting
  • restlessness, nervousness, irritability
  • seizures (convulsions)
  • skin rash or itching not there before treatment
  • unusual sleepiness

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dry skin
  • itching (this can continue for 1 or more weeks after use)

What should I watch for while taking lindane?

Let your prescriber or health care professional know if scabies is still present after 1 week.

Do not use lindane on damaged skin. Lindane can penetrate through skin that is burned, cut, scraped, or covered in a rash, and cause serious side effects.

If you are applying lindane to another person, wear plastic or disposable gloves to protect yourself from scabies and exposure to lindane.

Do not get the lotion in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Seek medical help if the eyes are hurting.

All recently worn clothing, underwear, pajamas, used sheets, pillowcases, and towels should be washed in very hot water or dry-cleaned. Close personal contact can also spread the infestation. Family members and sexual contacts may require treatment for scabies.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F). Do not freeze. Keep container tightly closed. After applying the treatment, close the bottle with the leftover lotion and throw it away in a trashcan out of the reach of children. Do not store this medicine after using it.


(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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