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Kwell Shampoo

Kwell Shampoo Ingredients: Lindane Shampoo
Representative Names: Kwell Shampoo, Scabene Shampoo

What is Kwell Shampoo ?


Kwell Shampoo is a treatment for lice infestation of hair, including hair in the pubic area (crabs). Kwell Shampoo kills the parasites and their eggs, but it does not prevent infestations. You will be given a Medication Guide to read every time you or a family member get Kwell Shampoo. Always read this guide as there may be new information. Make sure you know how to properly use the shampoo. Kwell Shampoo is a poison if it is not used properly. Ask your prescriber, health care professional or pharmacist to explain any information you do not understand. Generic Kwell Shampoo is available.

What should my health care professional know before I use Kwell Shampoo ?


They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- frequently drink alcohol-containing beverages
- brain or spinal tumor
- burns, wounds or other damaged skin
- eczema or atopic dermatitis
- head trauma
- HIV infection
- liver disease
- psoriasis
- seizures (convulsions)
- skin rash
- an unusual or allergic reaction to Kwell Shampoo, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
- breast-feeding

How should I use Kwell Shampoo ?


Kwell Shampoo is for external use only. Kwell Shampoo is poisonous if taken by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake the bottle well. Make sure your hair is clean and dry before using Kwell Shampoo, but do not wash your hair within 1 hour before using Kwell Shampoo. Use regular shampoo without conditioner and dry your hair. Use just enough shampoo on your dry hair to wet your hair and scalp. Do not add water to your hair at this time. Also, put Kwell Shampoo on the short hairs at the back of your neck. Keep the shampoo on your hair for 4 minutes only. Do not wear a shower cap or any covering on your head while you wait for the 4 minutes to pass. After 4 minutes have passed, lather the shampoo. Use a small amount of warm water to do this. Hot water is not safe. Immediately wash the shampoo off your head. Do not leave any shampoo on your head or hair; it will not kill more of the lice and may continue to go through your skin and cause serious problems, such as seizures. Dry your hair with a towel. Use a special comb called a nit comb or tweezers to remove the dead nits (lice eggs) from your hair. Someone else will probably have to do this for you. Do not repeat the treatment; repeat treatment may not be safe; check with your prescriber. You may still itch after you have used this shampoo. This does not mean you need more. Even after all the lice (bugs) are dead, they can still make your skin itch for a long time. The shampoo sometimes makes this itch even worse. Talk to your prescriber about things you can do to soothe the itch.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. Keep this medicine out of the reach of children.

What if I miss a Kwell Shampoo dose ?


This does not apply as Kwell Shampoo is applied as a single dose. Do not repeat the treatment.

What drug(s) may interact with Kwell Shampoo ?


Tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are using any other prescription or nonprescription medicine that is to be applied to the hair and scalp. These may affect the way your medicine works. Do not use oils on your skin or hair, just before or after using Kwell Shampoo lotion. Oils include skin lotions and moisturizers, and oil-based hair products and conditioners.

What side effects may I notice from using Kwell Shampoo ?


Side effects are most likely to occur if you have damaged or broken skin, if Kwell Shampoo is applied too often, or if you inhale the vapor. Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
- dizziness
- heart palpitations
- nausea, vomiting
- restlessness, nervousness, irritability
- seizures (convulsions)
- skin rash or itching not there before treatment
- unusual sleepiness

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- dry skin or scalp
- itching (this can continue for 1 or more weeks after use)

What should I watch for while taking Kwell Shampoo ?


Let your prescriber or health care professional know if you still see lice after 7 days of the initial application.

Do not use Kwell Shampoo on damaged skin. Kwell Shampoo can penetrate through skin that is burned, cut, scraped, or covered in a rash, and cause serious side effects.

If you are applying Kwell Shampoo to another person, wear plastic or disposable gloves to protect yourself from lice infestation and exposure to Kwell Shampoo.

Do not get Kwell Shampoo in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Seek medical help if the eyes are hurting.

All recently worn clothing, underwear, pajamas, used sheets, pillowcases, and towels should be washed in very hot water or dry-cleaned. Close personal contact can spread the infestation. Family members and sexual contacts may require treatment for lice.

Where can I keep Kwell Shampoo ?


Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Keep container tightly closed. After applying the treatment, close the bottle with the leftover shampoo and throw it away in a trashcan out of the reach of children. Do not store this medicine after using it.
 


 


 
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