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Benzyl Alcohol
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Benzyl Alcohol Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(BEN zill AL koe hol)

U.S. Brand Names

Ulesfia™; Zilactin®-L [OTC]

Pharmacologic Category

Analgesic, Topical; Antiparasitic Agent, Topical; Pediculocide; Topical Skin Product

Reasons not to take this medicine

• Do not give this medicine to a newborn.

• If you have an allergy to benzyl alcohol or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Benzyl alcohol injures the insects and treats the infection.

• It relieves pain.

How is it best taken?

• Follow instructions for use carefully.

• Do not take this medicine by mouth. For skin only. Keep out of mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).

• Wash hands before and after use.


• Apply a thin layer to the affected area with a cotton swab.

• Allow to dry for 15 seconds.

• Avoid fire, flames, or smoking until dry.


• Do not wet hair before applying lotion.

• Cover eyes and face with a towel.

• Apply enough to coat hair and scalp.

• Work into hair and scalp gently.

• Leave head uncovered while lotion is on hair.

• Leave on for 10 minutes.

• Rinse completely.

• Use special nit comb or tweezers to remove dead nits (lice eggs) from hair.

• Wash all bedding, towels, and recently worn clothes in hot water or have them dry cleaned.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Do not apply a double dose or extra doses.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.

• Protect from heat or open flame.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2009-04-20 06:23:31.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:27:29.0

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