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How Does Benzyl Alcohol Lotion 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.

Is It Safe for Use In Children?

Benzyl alcohol lotion is approved for use in children as young as six months old. It is not approved in younger infants, as they have a higher risk for absorbing more of the medication through the skin. This medication should never be used in newborns, as it can cause a dangerous side effect known as "gasping syndrome."

Is Benzyl Alcohol Lotion Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend benzyl alcohol lotion for something other than treating head lice. At this time, however, there are no universally accepted off-label uses for benzyl alcohol lotion.
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