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Friday, February 10, 2012

FDA Approved Shampoo based Ivermectin for Head Lice Treatment

Posted by Dr Prahallad Panda on 7:43 PM Comments

Head lice infest about 6 to 12 million children of 3 to 11 years of age annually, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pediculus humanus var capitis AKA head louse; ...
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Head lice are contacted by direct spread usually from community centers and schools. Apart from itching, in severe cases may cause anemia.

There are several medications available for treatment by local application. Some of them are very toxic like gamma benzene hexachloride (Gamaxane) liquid.
Now, FDA has approved shampoo based ivermectin for treatment of head lice in patients above six months of age.
Less than 1% of patients experience adverse effects like conjunctivitis, eye irritation, dandruff, dry skin, or skin-burning sensation, according to the prescribing information.
Ivermectin is in use for gut worm diseases and also for filariasis etc..
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