Piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins are insecticide chemicals.
Piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins topical (for the skin) is used to treat lice.
Piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins topical may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins, or if you have an allergy to chrysanthemums or ragweed.
Check all household members for signs of lice. Lice can be spread from person to person by sharing a hairbrush, a comb, hats, or headbands. It can also be spread through head-to-head contact.
Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the lice infestation is completely cleared. Call your doctor if your condition does not improve, or if your symptoms get worse while using this medication.Stop using piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins and call your doctor at once if you have severe stinging, burning, itching, swelling, or irritation where the medication is applied.
To prevent reinfection with lice, wash all clothing, hats, bed linens, stuffed toys, hair brushes, and combs in hot water with a strong cleanser to remove any mites or eggs. You may need to use a special lice control spray to treat furniture, mattresses, sports helmets, headphones, and other non-washable items. Ask your doctor of pharmacist about disinfecting your home.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins topical, or if you have an allergy to chrysanthemums or ragweed. Piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins topical is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. However, as with any medication, you should ask your doctor before using piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins topical if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. Piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins passes into breast milk, and may cause harm to a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Check for signs of lice on all household members. They may also need to be treated for lice. Lice can be spread from person to person by sharing a hairbrush, a comb, hats, or headbands. It can also be spread through head-to-head contact.
Apply the shampoo form of this medication to dry hair. Wetting the hair first may make the medication less effective. Apply the shampoo to all areas of the scalp, including behind the ears and neck. Treat hair from the roots to the ends and leave the shampoo in the hair for 10 minutes. Add warm water to form a lather and shampoo. Then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins shampoo is usually used once every 7 to 10 days.
You may need to use a larger amount of the shampoo if you have long hair. Follow the directions on the product label.Keep your eyes tightly closed while using the shampoo, foam, or spray, and while rinsing it out of your hair. You may use a washcloth or towel to protect your eyes while applying the medication to your head.
Do not apply this medication to your eyebrows or eyelashes. Call your doctor if these areas become infected with lice.Avoid inhaling the vapors from this medication. Use in a well-ventilated area.
You will need to remove any eggs (nits) from the hair shafts with a special comb. Some piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins products come provided with a nit comb. If you do not have such a comb, ask your pharmacist where you can get one. Nits may not be removed effectively with a regular fine-tooth comb.
Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the lice infestation is completely cleared. Call your doctor if your condition does not improve, or if your symptoms get worse while using this medication.
To prevent reinfection with lice, wash all clothing, hats, bed linens, stuffed toys, hair brushes, and combs in hot water with a strong cleanser to remove any mites or eggs. You may need to use a special lice control spray to treat furniture, mattresses, sports helmets, headphones, and other non-washable items. Ask your doctor of pharmacist about disinfecting your home.Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the medicine canister away from open flame or high heat. The canister may explode if it gets too hot. Do not puncture or incinerate the can, the contents are under pressure.
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
Symptoms of a piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins topical overdose are unknown.
Do not apply other topical medications or skin products to the same areas you treat with piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins topical, unless your doctor has told you to.Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water. Do not use piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin.
Avoid close contact with others until the infection has been cured. Also avoid sharing hair combs, hair accessories, hats, clothing, bed linens, pillows, and other items of personal use. Lice infestations are highly contagious.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins and call your doctor at once if you have severe stinging, burning, itching, swelling, or irritation where the medication is applied.
Less serious side effects may include:
mild itching, burning, or stinging;
mild skin rash; or
numbness or tingly feeling.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
- Your pharmacist can provide more information about piperonyl butoxide and pyrethrins.
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