Generic Name: Acarosan Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Acarosan® (benzyl benzoate) used for?

Acarosan® is commonly used to treat lice and scabies infestations.

Acarosan® may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should I take Acarosan® (benzyl benzoate)?

To use this medicine for lice:

  • First, rinse and dry your hair and scalp well before applying Acarosan®.
  • Allow the medicine to remain on the affected areas for 24 hours.
  • Then, thoroughly wash the affected areas with warm water and soap or regular shampoo.
  • Rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean towel.
  • After rinsing and drying, use a fine-toothed comb to remove any remaining eggs or nit shells from your hair, or, if you have fine hair, you may use a tweezer or your fingernails to pick nits out.

To use this medicine for scabies:

  • Rinse, and dry your skin well before applying benzyl benzoate.
  • Apply enough medicine to cover the entire skin surface from the neck down, including the soles of your feet, and rub in well.
  • Allow the medicine to remain on the body for 24 hours.
  • Then, thoroughly wash the body with warm water and soap.
  • Rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean towel.
  • Immediately after using Acarosan®, wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.

How do I store Acarosan® (benzyl benzoate)?

Acarosan® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Acarosan® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Acarosan® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Acarosan® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Acarosan® (benzyl benzoate)?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Acarosan® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Acarosan® (benzyl benzoate)?

If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Acarosan® (benzyl benzoate)?

Acarosan® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Acarosan® (benzyl benzoate)?

Acarosan® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Acarosan® (benzyl benzoate)?

Acarosan® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.

What is the dose of Acarosan® (benzyl benzoate) for an adult?

For lice infestation:

Use just one time. For severe cases, treatment may be repeated two or three times after twenty-four hours.

For scabies infestation:

Use just one time. For severe cases, treatment may be repeated after twenty-four hours one time anytime within five days.

What is the dose of Acarosan® (benzyl benzoate) for a child?

For lice infestation:

  • For infants: Use mixed with three parts of water, just one time.
  • For older children: Use mixed with an equal quantity of water, just one time.

For scabies infestation:

  • For infants: Use mixed with three parts of water, just one time.
  • For older children: Use mixed with an equal quantity of water, just one time.

How is Acarosan® (benzyl benzoate) available?

Acarosan® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Acarosan® topical

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Acarosan®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: May 25, 2017 | Last Modified: May 25, 2017

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