Head Lice Prescriptions

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Are there any prescription treatments for head lice?

Answer

There are prescription treatment options for head lice. One such remedy is called Elimite® (permethrin). This is a prescription product that can be used to treat head lice. This medicine is typically used when over-the-counter products are not effective. A recent study found that the combination of permethrin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim®) was more likely to cure a head lice infestation than permethrin used alone. In rare cases where lice creams may not work. Ivermectin (Stromectol®) is a tablet that is taken in a single oral dose to treat lice. It has not been studied in children weighing less than 35 pounds.

Topical treatments

Gamma benzene hexachloride (lindane), malathion (Ovide®) and crotamiton (Eurax®) are other prescription drugs that are applied to the hair to treat lice. Most non-prescription methods are also applied directly the hair and have proven to be extremely effective.

Avoiding head lice

Head lice are tiny insects that infest the head and live on the scalp. Lice spread from person to person when you share hairbrushes, combs, hats, clothing, or bedding, or have direct contact. While there is no real prevention method, you can avoid contact with people or objects that have been contaminated by head lice.

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