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Benzyl benzoate is used to treat lice and
scabies infestations. This medicine is believed to be absorbed by the
lice and mites and to destroy them by acting on their nervous system.
This medicine is available without a prescription.
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must
be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your
doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic
reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health
care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to
foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products,
read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Although there is no specific information comparing use of benzyl
benzoate in children with use in other age groups, this medicine is not
expected to cause different side effects or problems in children than it
does in adults.
Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people.
Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way
they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects or
problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing use
of benzyl benzoate in the elderly with use in other age groups.
However, older people may have dry skin and the medicine may make the
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk
when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential
benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in
other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an
interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change
the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare
professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription
(over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating
food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur.
Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause
interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the
use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this
medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical
Benzyl benzoate usually comes with patient directions. Read them carefully before using this medicine.
Use this medicine only as directed. Do not use more of it and do not
use it more often than recommended on the label. To do so may increase
the chance of absorption through the skin and the chance of side
Keep this medicine away from the eyes and other mucous membranes,
such as the inside of the nose, because it may cause irritation . If you
accidentally get some in your eyes, flush them thoroughly with water at
Do not use benzyl benzoate on open wounds, such as cuts or sores on
the skin or scalp. To do so may increase the amount of absorption, which
may increase the chance of side effects.
Your sexual partner or partners, especially, and all members of your
household may need to be treated also, since the infestation may spread
to persons in close contact. If these persons have not been examined for
infestation or if you have any questions about this, check with your
To use this medicine for lice:
To use this medicine for scabies:
Immediately after using benzyl benzoate, wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
Treatment may need to be repeated for severe infestation.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients.
Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The
following information includes only the average doses of this medicine.
If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you
to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the
medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed
between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on
the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
To prevent reinfection or spreading of the infection to other
people, good health habits are required. These include the following:
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted
effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do
occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical
attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body
adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able
to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
Check with your health care professional if any of the following side
effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you
notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Portions of this document last updated: Feb. 01, 2023
Original article: https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/benzyl-benzoate-topical-route/proper-use/drg-20062209
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