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Lice Treatment Can Cause Brain Damage

March 29, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Using too much Lindane to treat lice infestations can cause deadly brain or nerve damage, federal health officials warned, stressing that the prescription drug should not be used on babies and "with great caution" on children. Once sold in large bottles, Lindane now is to come only in 1- or 2-ounce packets for one-time use, and doctors are told not to prescribe more.

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