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Hexit (Lindane) belongs to the group of medication called insecticides. It is used to treat head Lice and pubic lice in people who cannot use other therapies.
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Hexit (Lindane) belongs to the group of medication called insecticides. It is used to treat head Lice and pubic lice in people who cannot use other therapies. Hexit (Lindane) is also used to treat Scabies in people who cannot use other therapies. It works by paralyzing mites that cause lice and scabies, killing them and their eggs.
Your doctor may have suggested Hexit (Lindane) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of Hexit (Lindane) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are using Hexit (Lindane), speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not give Hexit (Lindane) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use Hexit (Lindane) if their doctor or pharmacist has not recommended it.
Parents or caregivers who are applying Hexit (Lindane) to affected people should wear gloves made of nitrile, latex with neoprene, or vinyl. Regular latex gloves are not enough to stop Hexit (Lindane) from being absorbed through the skin.
Since lice and scabies are spread through contact, you should make sure that your family members and sexual partner(s) are examined for lice infestation. If they are infested, they should speak to their doctor or pharmacist immediately about using this product or other treatment options. Also notify your child's school, daycare, or other people who have been in close contact.
To prevent reinfestation, contaminated items such as bedding, clothing, towels, and hats should be washed in hot water and dried in the dryer using the hot cycle for at least 20 minutes. If items cannot be washed and dried this way, dry-clean them or seal them in a plastic bag for 2 weeks and wash normally. For head lice, combs and brushes should be soaked in hot water above 54°C or in undiluted Hexit (Lindane) for 5 to 10 minutes and rinsed with hot water.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor or pharmacist has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
It is important that Hexit (Lindane) be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist.
Store Hexit (Lindane) at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is used in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Hexit (Lindane). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Hexit (Lindane) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Hexit (Lindane). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Hexit (Lindane).
Hexit is no longer being manufactured for sale in Canada and is no longer available under any brand names. This article is being kept available for reference purposes only. If you are using Hexit (Lindane), speak with your doctor or pharmacist for information about your treatment options.
Hexit (Lindane) should not be used by anyone who:
There may be an interaction between Hexit (Lindane) and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Hexit (Lindane). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Hexit (Lindane).
Accidental swallowing: Swallowing Hexit (Lindane) may cause dizziness, seizures, and death. If you or someone else swallows Hexit (Lindane), contact your doctor or a poison control centre immediately.
Inhalation: Inhaling Hexit (Lindane) vapours may cause nausea; vomiting; headache; and irritation of the ears, nose, and throat. If you experience these symptoms, contact your doctor.
Seizures: When too much of Hexit (Lindane) is absorbed through the skin, it can cause seizures and rarely, death. People at risk of absorbing more of Hexit (Lindane) through their skin (e.g., infants, children, seniors, people weighing less than 50 kg, people with skin conditions such as dermatitis or psoriasis) and people at risk of seizures (e.g., people with a history of head injury or seizures; people with HIV, severe liver problems, or brain tumours; and people taking medications that increase the risk of seizures, who suddenly stop using alcohol or sedatives, or who drink large amounts of alcohol) should discuss with their doctor how Hexit (Lindane) may affect their medical condition and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Skin: Even after treatment, itching resulting from lice or scabies infestation can last for several weeks. This does not mean that the treatment did not work. If you continue to experience itchiness, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about treatment options.
Pregnancy: Hexit (Lindane) should not be used during pregnancy. Women who are pregnant should also avoid applying Hexit (Lindane) on someone else.
Breast-feeding: Hexit (Lindane) passes into breast milk. Hexit (Lindane) may also interfere with the production of breast milk. Hexit (Lindane) should not be used by women who are breast-feeding. If you are breast-feeding, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about other alternatives.
Children: Children are at an increased risk of absorbing too much Hexit (Lindane) into their bloodstream. If possible, a safer option should be used in children. Hexit (Lindane) is not recommended for use in children under 6 years old. If Hexit (Lindane) is used to treat scabies in young children, they should be dressed in long sleeves, pants, and gloves or mitts to prevent the possibility of Hexit (Lindane) entering the mouth.
Seniors: Seniors may be more at risk of experiencing side effects from Hexit (Lindane). Seniors should speak with their doctor or pharmacist before using Hexit (Lindane).
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