Generic name: benzyl alcohol topical [ ben-zil-al-ka-hol-top-i-kal ]
Drug class: Topical anti-infectives
Availability: Over the counter
Pregnancy & Lactation: Risk data not available
What is Zilactin-l?
The Ulesfia brand of benzyl alcohol topical is used to treat head lice in people between 6 months of age and 60 years old.
The Zilactin brand of zilactin-L is used to treat sores in or around the mouth, including cold sores, canker sores, or irritated gums. Zilactin is for use in adults and chlidren at least 2 years old.
zilactin-L may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
How should I take Zilactin-l
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Do not allow a young child to use zilactin-L without help from an adult.
Do not take Ulesfia by mouth. It is for use only on the hair and scalp. You may apply Zilactin to sores inside the mouth, but do not swallow the gel.
Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.
Wash your hands with soap and water after applying this medicine.
Do not wet your hair or scalp before applying Ulesfia. Apply enough lotion to completely soak your scalp and hair and massage in thoroughly.
Leave the lotion on for 10 minutes, keeping your eyes closed and covered with a towel during this time. Then rinse out thoroughly with water. Use a fine-tooth nit comb to remove lice eggs from the hair, rinsing the comb often during use. Place removed nits into a sealed plastic bag and throw it into the trash to prevent re-infestation.
zilactin-L will not get rid of lice eggs so you must use a second application of this medicine 7 days after the first use.
Wash all clothing, hats, bed clothes, bed linens, and towels in hot water and dry in high heat. Dry-clean any non-washable clothing. Hair brushes, combs, and hair accessories should be soaked in hot water.
Apply Zilactin only to a cold sore or mouth sore, not to the surrounding skin or gum area.
Zilactin gel dries into a clear protective film. To remove this film, first apply another coat of the gel and then wipe the area with a moist gauze pad or tissue. Do not try and peel off the film.
Do not use Zilactin for longer than 7 days in a row. Stop using the medicine and call your doctor if your mouth sore does not improve after 7 days, if it gets worse, or if it clears up and then comes back in a few days.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.
Zilactin is flammable. Do not use near high heat or open flame. Do not smoke until the gel has completely dried on your skin.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
any skin conditions; or
any other medical conditions.
zilactin-L contains an ingredient that can cause serious side effects or death in very young or premature babies.
Do not use Ulesfia on an infant younger than 6 months old, and tell your healthcare provider if your baby was born prematurely.
Do not use Zilactin on a child younger than 2 years old.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
You should not breastfeed while using Ulesfia.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Ask your doctor if you missed your second application of Ulesfia.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed this medication.
What should I avoid while using Zilactin-l?
Avoid getting zilactin-L in your eyes.
Avoid getting Ulesfia in your eyes or mouth. It is for use only on the hair and scalp.
To prevent spreading lice, avoid head to head contact with others until your lice infection has cleared up. Avoid sharing hair brushes, combs, hair accessories, hats, scarves, and pillows. Lice infections are highly contagious.
Zilactin-l side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
If the medicine gets in your eyes or on your skin, rinse with water. Call your doctor at once if you have severe stinging, itching, or irritation of the eyes or skin after rinsing.
This medicine may cause serious side effects. Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:
worsening pain, redness, or irritation.
Common side effects of zilactin-L may include:
eye irritation; or
numbness or irritation after applying this medicine.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.See more: Zilactin-l Side Effects