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Benzyl alcohol

Benzyl Alcohol Lotion 5% is used to treat head lice. Includes Benzyl Alcohol Lotion 5% side effects, interactions and indications.
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Drug Information:
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Benzyl Alcohol Lotion 5%, the first and only prescription medication that kills head lice by asphyxiation without potential neurotoxic side effects. Each year, approximately 6 to 12 million children between the ages of 3 and 12 years are infested with head lice. To survive, lice breathe through sophisticated spiracles that close upon contact with most liquids, allowing the lice to go into suspended animation and survive for hours without respiration. Benzyl alcohol prevents lice from closing their spiracles, thereby asphyxiating them within ten minutes and causing death. Learn more

Benzyl alcohol Side Effects

Benzyl alcohol topical Side Effects

Applies to benzyl alcohol topical: topical lotion

Side effects include:

Pruritus, erythema, pyoderma, ocular irritation, application site symptoms (irritation, anesthesia, hypoesthesia).

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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  • Drug class: topical anti-infectives

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Other brands: Ulesfia

Professional resources

Related treatment guides

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Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

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