Pharmacy Corner
Head Lice: A Lousy Situation! What can I use to treat it?

Non-medication strategies for removing lice11 :

Wet Combing – tedious, and slow removal of eggs and lice; does not work very well


Did you know: If you choose to use the wet combing method to get rid of lice, it only takes one missed louse to start it all over again!

Over-the-counter topical products11,13:

Trade NameActive IngredientDirections for useComments
R&C®Shampoo and ConditionerPyrethrin + Piperonyl Butoxide
  1. Apply thoroughly to hair that does not contain any conditioner, gels and creams and let it sit for 10 minutes
  2. Add a small amount of water to form a lather and work it into the hair
  3. Rinse thoroughly with cool water
  4. Repeat treatment in 7-10 days
Should not be used in those allergic to ragweed and chrysanthemum
Kewllada-P® Creme Rinse, Nix® Creme RinsePermethrin 1%
  1. Wash hair with conditioner-free shampoo, rinse with water and towel dry (so the hair is still damp)
  2. Apply enough creme rinse to saturate hair and scalp and leave it on for 10 minutes
  3. Rinse with water
  4. Repeat treatment in 7-10 days
Should not be used in those allergic to chrysanthemum
Resultz® Rinse50% isopropyl myristate/50% ST-cyclomethihcone
  1. Apply to dry hair and scalp (30-60mL for short hair, 60-90mL for shoulder-length hair, 90-120mL for long hair)
  2. Allow product to remain on hair and scalp for 10 minutes
  3. Rinse with warm water
  4. Repeat treatment in 7 days
Avoid contact with eyes; flush immediately if contact occurs

Not recommended for <2 years of age
NYDA® Dimeticone 50%
  1. Spray carefully all over dry hair and massage in until hair is completely wet with solution
  2. After 30 minutes, comb hair with fine-toothed comb then allow solution to dry for at least 8 hours
  3. Rinse with water
  4. Repeat treatment in 7-10 days
Not recommended for <2 years of age