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Ovide Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Ovide (malathion) Lotion is used to treat head lice. It is a topical (for the skin) pediculicide. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include burning, stinging, dry hair, or a temporary increase in dandruff.
Apply a dose of Ovide Lotion on dry hair in an amount just sufficient to thoroughly wet the hair and scalp. Allow hair to dry naturally and keep uncovered. Shampoo hair after 8 to 12 hours, rinse and use a fine-toothed (nit) comb to remove dead lice and eggs. Do not apply other topical preparations to the hair and scalp during treatment with Ovide, unless directed by your doctor. Other drugs may interact with Ovide. Tell your doctor all prescription or over-the-counter medicines you use. During pregnancy, Ovide should be used only when prescribed. If pregnant and applying Ovide on another person, handle it with care. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our Ovide (malathion) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Ovide in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have severe stinging, burning, or irritation of your scalp that will not go away.
Less serious side effects may include mild stinging or scalp irritation.
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Ovide Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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Ovide FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Malathion has been shown to be irritating to the skin and scalp. Other adverse reactions reported ar e chemical burns including second-degree burns. Accidental contact with the eyes can result in mild conjun ctivitis. It is not known if OVIDE Lotion has the potential to cause contact allergic sensitization.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Ovide (Malathion) »
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