Scabies and lice:

Indications for: Malathion

Head lice.

Adults and Children:

<6yrs: not established. ≥6yrs: apply to dry hair until hair and scalp are thoroughly wet. Let hair dry naturally (do not use blow dryer or other heat source). Shampoo and rinse after 8–12hrs; remove dead lice and eggs with nit comb. May repeat once after 7–9 days. Wash hands after application. Wash or dryclean bedding or clothing appropriately.

Malathion Contraindications:

Neonates. Infants.

Malathion Warnings/Precautions:

For use on scalp only. Remove if irritation occurs, may reapply if irritation subsides; discontinue if irritation recurs. Avoid eyes. Product is flammable; keep away from heat and flame (including smoking, hair dryers, electric curlers). Pregnancy (Cat.B). Nursing mothers.

Malathion Classification:

Pediculicide (organophosphate).

Adverse Reactions:

Stinging, irritation, chemical burns.


Formerly known under the brand name Ovide.

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