Tenutex® is a prescription free drug that is active against scabies, head lice and pubic lice. Tenutex® cutaneous emulsion is available in a tube of 100g at your pharmacy (located in the fridge).

Please note that the doctor may have prescribed the drug for other usage and / or with a different dosage than stated in the leaflet. Always follow your doctor’s recommendations and instructions on the label of the medicine package.

Treatment of Pubic lice (Crabs, Pediculosis pubis) with Tenutex®

Rub crotch, armpits and other hairy parts of the body (legs) with Tenutex®. There is no need to treat the head hair, but if lice occur there their appropriate treatment is as for the head lice. Tenutex® may not be used around the eyes. When having pubic lice in the eyelashes one should get medical attention. Wait for all bodily washes for 24 hours after a Tenutex® treatment.


Questions and Answers

What is Tenutex® used for?

Parasite Killing agents against head lice, pubic lice and scabies.

Do I need a prescription to buy Tenutex®?


When should Tenutex® not be used?

Tenutex should not be used by those who are allergic to organic sulfur compounds of vulcanized rubber.

Can Tenutex® be stored at room temperature?

Tenutex® should be stored in cool, but a short time at room temperature is ok.

Can Tenutex® be frozen?

No. Frozen Tenutex® should be discarded.

Can blond hair get stained by Tenutex®? If that happens, what can I do?

A few cases of discolored blond hair has been reported. Wash and rinse with citric acid. The discoloration should go away after a few washes.

Discoloration of hair is usually not a effect of the product and can be explained by the levels of copper in the water. You can easily test the copper content in your water:

First Fill a white sink with warm water in the morning before a shower.

2nd Stir in the water for a minute with a piece of solid soap (liquid soap does not work).

3rd Water that becomes grayish contains no copper.

4th Water that becomes pale green or blue-green indicates that the copper  content is below 0.1 mg / l.

5th The bluer the water becomes, the higher the copper content.

Where can I buy Tenutex®?

At your local pharmacy. Since Tenutex® is a chilled product, ask the personell for assistance.

Other usefull information

Tenutex® can cause yellowing or some residual odor of some textiles. So always use comfortable clothing and textiles in connection with the treatment.


Limited experience of use in pregnancy. Ask your doctor for treatment other than head lice.


No studies have been made on Tenutex® to see if the drug passes into breast milk. Ask your doctor for treatment other than head lice.

What does Tenutex® contain?

100 ml cutaneous emulsion contains: Active substances: Disulfiram 2g, benzyl benzoate 22.5 g

Other: Cocoa fat, stearic acid, trolamine, cetostearyl alcohol, eucalyptus oil, water.



Page edited 2016-01-08.

Treatment information

Tenutex® is a cutaneous emulsion containing benzyl benzoate / disulfiram. Tenutex® is a prescription free medicine that is active against Scabies, Head lice, and Pubic lice. Ask your doctor or nurse before using Tenutex® for treating Pubic lice. Treatment of Pubic lice: Massage crotch, armpits and other hairy areas on the body (for example legs) with Tenutex®. The head hair does normally not need to be treated but should lice appear there, treatment should be carried out according instructions for head lice. Wait for 48 hours and then wash off Tenutex®. Avoid contact with the eyes. Pubic lice occurring in the eye lashes should not be treated with Tenutex®. Tenutex® contains cetostearyl alcohol which may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis). Read the patient information leaflet carefully before use.