What is Nix?
Nix is a creme rinse used to treat head lice.
Who should not use Nix?
Do not use:
- on children under 2 months of age
- near the eyes
- inside the nose, ear, mouth, or vagina
- on lice in eyebrows or eyelashes. See your doctor.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before using Nix?
Tell a doctor before use if you are:
- allergic to ragweed. May cause breathing difficulty or an asthmatic episode.
- pregnant or breastfeeding.
How should I use Nix?
When using this product:
- keep eyes tightly closed and protect eyes with a washcloth or towel,
- if product gets into the eyes, immediately flush with large amounts of water,
- scalp itching or redness may occur.
- Nix is for external use only. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
Step 1: Inspect
- all household members should be checked by another person for lice and/or nits (eggs),
- use a magnifying glass in bright light to help you see the lice and nits (eggs),
- use a tool, such as a comb or two unsharpened pencils to lift and part the hair,
- look for tiny nits near the scalp, beginning at the back of the neck and behind the ears,
- small sections of hair (1-2 inches wide) should be examined at a time,
- unlike dandruff, nits stick to the hair. Dandruff should move when lightly touched,
- if either lice or nits (eggs) are found, treat with Nix Creme Rinse.
Step 2: Treat
- wash hair with a shampoo without conditioner. Do not use a shampoo that contains a conditioner or a conditioner alone since this may decrease the activity of Nix. Rinse with water.
- towel dry hair so it is damp but not wet,
- shake the bottle of Nix well,
- completely saturate the hair and scalp with Nix. Begin to apply Nix behind the ears and at the back of the neck,
- keep Nix out of the eyes. Protect the eyes with a washcloth or towel,
- leave Nix on the hair for 10 minutes, but no longer,
- rinse with warm water,
- towel dry hair and comb out tangles,
- if live lice are seen seven days or more after the first treatment, a second treatment should be given.
Step 3: Remove Lice/Nits
- remove nits by combing the hair with the special small tooth comb provided. Remaining nits may be removed by hand (using a throw-away glove), or cutting the nits out.
- use the nit comb provided and make sure the hair remains slightly damp while removing nits,
- if the hair dries during combing, dampen it slightly with water,
- part the hair into 4 sections. Work on one section at a time. Longer hair may take more time (1-2 hours),
- start at the top of the head on the section you have picked,
- with one hand, lift a 1-2 inch wide strand of hair. Get the teeth of the comb as close to the scalp as possible and comb with a firm, even motion away from the scalp to the end of the hair,
- use clips to pin back each strand of hair after you have combed out the nits,
- clean the comb completely as you go. Wipe the nits from the comb with a tissue and throw away the tissue in a sealed plastic bag to prevent the lice from coming back,
- after combing, recheck the entire head for nits and repeat combing if necessary,
- check the affected head daily to remove any nits that you might have missed.
What are the possible side effects of Nix?
Stop use and see a doctor if:
- breathing difficulty occurs
- eye irritation occurs
- skin or scalp irritation continues or infection occurs
How should I store Nix?
Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F).
Store Nix in the carton. The carton contains important information.
Keep out of reach of children.
What are the ingredients in Nix?
Active ingredient: permethrin
Inactive ingredients: balsam canada, cetyl alcohol, citric acid, FD&C yellow no. 6, fragrance, hydrolyzed animal protein, hydroxyethylcellulose, polyoxyethylene 10 cetyl ether, propylene glycol, stearalkonium chloride, water, isopropyl alcohol, methylparaben, and propylparaben.