- What is malathion-topical, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for malathion-topical?
- Is malathion-topical available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for malathion-topical?
- What are the uses for malathion-topical?
- What are the side effects of malathion-topical?
- What is the dosage for malathion-topical?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with malathion-topical?
- Is malathion-topical safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about malathion-topical?
What is malathion-topical, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- Malathion is a pesticide used for killing head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis). It kills head lice and lice eggs by blocking the activity of enzymes (cholinesterase) that breaks-down and inactivates acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter) in head lice. This causes high levels of acetylcholine which leads to death of lice.
- The FDA approved malathion in August, 1982.
What are the uses for malathion-topical?
- Malathion is used for treating people who have head lice and their eggs (Pediculus humanus capitis).
What is the dosage for malathion-topical?
- Dry hair and scalp should be thoroughly wet with malathion lotion, including the back of the head and neck. The hands should be washed after applying.
- The hair should not be covered and should dry naturally without using an electric heat source.
- The hair should be shampooed after 8 to 12 hours, rinsed and combed with a fine - toothed (nit) comb to remove dead lice and eggs.
- Malathion lotion should be applied again if lice are still present after 7 - 9 days.
Which drugs or supplements interact with malathion-topical?
- There are no drug interactions listed for malathion.
Is malathion-topical safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
What else should I know about malathion-topical?
What preparations of malathion-topical are available?
- Lotion: 0.5%
How should I keep malathion-topical stored?
- Malathion should be stored at room temperature, 20 C - 25 C (68 F - 77 F). It is flammable and should be kept away from heat and open flame.
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