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Benzyl benzoate is a synthetic compound that is produced from benzoic acid and benzyl alcohol. It is toxic to the ectoparasites Sarcoptes scabiei hominis, Pediculus humanus capitis, P. humanus corporis and Pthirus pubis.
Treatment of scabies and pediculosis of the head, body and pubic area.
Dosage and administration
All doses are suitable for adults and children.
The lotion should be applied to all skin surfaces, from the scalp to the soles of the feet. Care should be taken to avoid contact with the eyes. It is not necessary to bathe before application. To prevent reinfestation, clothing and bedding should be washed or left outside exposed to the air for 72 hours. The lotion is usually applied once daily at night on 2 consecutive days. This may be followed by a single application at night 3 days later.
All members of the household should be treated simultaneously.
The lotion should be applied to the affected area and left for 24 hours before being rinsed off. If necessary, treatment may be repeated after 7 and 14 days.
Contacts should also be treated at the some time.
Known hypersensitivity to benzyl benzoate.
Benzyl benzoate should not be applied to acutely inflamed or broken skin.
Use in pregnancy
Benzyl benzoate may be applied safely during pregnancy.
Irritation of the skin with burning or stinging sensations is common.
Gastric lavage may be of value if undertaken within a few hours of accidental ingestion. If convulsions occur they should be treated with intravenous diazepam. Treatment is otherwise supportive.
Lotion should be stored in well-closed containers, protected from light.