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Generic Name: Malathion (mal-a-THYE-on)
Brand Name: Ovide

Ovide is used for:

Treating head lice.

Ovide is a pediculicide. How it kills lice is not fully understood. It may attack the nervous system of the adult lice or interfere with the development of the eggs produced by the lice.

Do NOT use Ovide if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Ovide
  • you are treating an infant

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Ovide :

Some medical conditions may interact with Ovide . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have denuded skin, a skin rash, or a ragweed allergy

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Ovide . However, no specific interactions with Ovide are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Ovide may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Ovide :

Use Ovide as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Ovide comes with an additional patient leaflet. Read it carefully and reread it each time you get Ovide refilled.
  • Apply enough medicine to dry hair to completely wet the hair and scalp. Apply Ovide to scalp hair only. Pay special attention to the hair on the back of the head and neck while applying Ovide .
  • Wash your hands immediately after applying Ovide .
  • Ovide is flammable. Stay away from lit cigarettes, open flames, and other heat sources (eg, electric heaters, hair dryers) until your hair is dry.
  • Allow hair to dry naturally and keep it uncovered.
  • After 8 to 12 hours, shampoo hair.
  • Rinse, and then comb the hair with a fine-tooth (nit) comb to remove dead lice and eggs. Start at the scalp and comb to the ends.
  • If lice are still present after 7 to 9 days, use Ovide a second time. A second treatment is usually not necessary.
  • If you miss a dose of Ovide , use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Ovide .

Important safety information:

  • Close your eyes while applying Ovide . Avoid getting Ovide in your eyes, nose, or mouth. When using Ovide on a child, have the child keep his or her eyes closed while applying. If Ovide comes into contact with the eyes, flush with water immediately. Talk to your doctor if eye irritation continues.
  • Other family members should visit a doctor to determine if they are infested with lice and need treatment.
  • If skin irritation occurs, wash your scalp and hair immediately. Reapply the medicine only if the irritation stops. If irritation occurs again, talk with your health care provider.
  • A slight stinging sensation may occur due to the alcohol in Ovide .
  • Carefully supervise CHILDREN who are using Ovide .
  • Ovide is not recommended for use in INFANTS. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking Ovide , discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Ovide during pregnancy. It is unknown if Ovide is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Ovide , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Ovide :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild stinging or irritation of the skin and scalp.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include difficulty breathing; slow, shallow breathing. Ovide may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Ovide :

Store Ovide at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Keep away from heat and open flame. Keep Ovide out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Ovide , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Ovide is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Ovide . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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