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MALATHION - TOPICAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

MALATHION - TOPICAL

(mal-uh-THIGH-on)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Ovide

Uses

This medication is used to treat head lice.

How To Use

Apply this medication onto dry hair and to the skin under the hair (scalp). Use enough medication to make the hair and scalp wet, especially the back of your head and neck. Allow your hair to air-dry (uncovered). Wash your hands (or the person applying the medicine should wash their hands) after applying this medication. Allow this medication to remain on the hair and scalp for 8 to 12 hours; then shampoo your hair well, especially the back of the head and neck. Rinse your hair and run a fine-toothed comb (nit comb) through your hair to remove dead lice and lice eggs. If lice are still present after 7-9 days, repeat with a second application of this medication. This medication may cause a slight stinging feeling on the scalp. This is normal. However, if skin irritation occurs, wash the scalp and hair immediately, allow the irritation to clear and try using the medication again. If the irritation returns, consult your doctor. This medication contains an ingredient that could easily start on fire (flammable). Avoid smoking, being around open flames (e.g., fireplaces, stoves), using hair dryers, or using electric curlers while using this medication. Avoid getting this medication in, or around your eyes. If this medication gets in your eye(s), rinse your eye(s) immediately with water. If eye irritation continues, or if visual changes occur, consult your doctor. Learn all preparation and usage instructions in the product package. If you have any questions about any of that information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Side Effects

Stinging feeling on the scalp and minor irritation to the skin and scalp may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: trouble breathing, vision changes, redness/itching/ swelling of the eye(s) (conjunctivitis). If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially: previous head lice infections, skin or scalp problems (e.g., psoriasis, eczema), open sores on the scalp (e.g., minor cuts, scrapes), any allergies. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: other medicine used on the hair and scalp. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. Symptoms of overdose may include slow, shallow breathing or difficulty breathing.

Notes

This condition (head lice) may spread easily to other people. Family members should be seen by the doctor to determine if they are also infected, and if so, receive treatment. Do not share this medication with others.

Missed Dose

Not applicable.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 36 and 86 degrees F (2 to 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. This product is flammable. Keep this product away from heat and open flame.