Over-the-counter Medications for Head Lice Treatment

How can you get rid of head lice?

What are the best head lice treatment medications you can get at your local drug store or discount store?

There may be more options than you know. But, you’ll need to understand some important facts about each before you can make an educated decision.

Important! Always consult your physician before purchasing any over-the-counter-medication for head lice removal. Should there be any adverse reactions, stop the medicine immediately and contact your doctor.

Did you know that all head lice medications that fall into the classification as “over-the-counter” must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration first before that can be used by the general public for head lice treatment?

Our research has revealed that each over-the-counter medication utilized for the treatment of head lice should contain pyrethrins coupled with piperonyl butoxide. These are considered active ingredients to eradicate crawling lice.

Caution: If crawling lice are still present following a complete head lice treatment cycle you should contact your doctor immediately.

Isn’t it ironic that a gorgeous flower like the chrysanthemum can produce natural pyrethroid extracts (Pyrethrins) that help eradicate head lice! Because their natural extracts, pyrethrins are used to fight and kill live lice only.

They will not affect or get rid of nits or any un-hatched eggs.

Pyrethins are safe is used in accordance with the directions. Many times a second treatment is required to kill any newly hatched nits before they develop a new set of eggs. Pyrethrin is recommended for use with youngsters age two and above.

Caution:  Pyrethrins can cause an allergic reation if an individual is allergic to chrysanthemums or ragweed.

Here is a list of the top products for head lice treatment using pyrethins:

1) A-200: This product has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

2) Good Sense Lice Killing Shampoo

3) Lice Treatment Maximum Strength

4) Pronto Lice Kill System

5) Pronto Shampoo and Cream Rinse

6) Pronto Shampoo Kit

7) Pronto Spray

8) Pronto with Metal Nit Comb

9) R&C

10) Rid Pediculicide

11) Tegrin-LT Lice Spray

12) Tegrin-LT Lice Treatment Kit

13) Tegrin-LT Shampoo

14) Triple X Pediculicide

Another option is the utilization of an over-the counter lotion containing permethrin. Permethrin is a manufactured synthetic pyrethroid that mimics pyrethrins which occurs naturally. The Food and Drug Administration has approved permethrin lotion 1% as a viable alternative for head lice removal.

Similar to pyrethins, permethrin is safe and effective if used according to the directions. Permethrin will redaicate only live lice and not nits.

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Permethrin has the capability to continue eliminating newly hatched lice many hours and days after treatment. Day nine is the recommended day to begin a second round of treatments to kill any newly hatched lice. This is the optimal time frame to eliminate lice before they can produce new eggs.

Similar to pyrethins, permethrin can be used with kids aged two and above.

Here is a list of the top products for head lice treatment using permethrin cream:

1) Nix

2) CVS Permethrin cream

3) Alpharma lice treatment

4) Preferred plus lice treatment

5) Permethrin lice treatment lotion

6) Elimite Cream

If you enjoyed this article, please read some of our other articles about lice and head lice treatment.

 

 

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