Understanding How Benzyl Alcohol Lotion Works and Safety Concerns
Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using this medicine if you have any:
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Ulesfia and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Ulesfia and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Benzyl Alcohol Lotion to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)
How Does It Work?The way benzyl alcohol lotion works is unique. It does not work by affecting nerve signals like most other lice treatments.
The active ingredient in this medicine (benzyl alcohol) paralyzes the breathing holes of the lice. The inactive ingredients in the lotion then clog up the breathing holes, causing the lice to suffocate. This process kills adult lice but does not affect the eggs, which is why two treatments are necessary.