Does Ovide (malathion) cause side effects?

Ovide (malathion) is a pesticide used to kill 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.

Common side effects of Ovide include

Serious side effects of Ovide include chemical burn (second degree burn).

Ovide is flammable.

There are no drug interactions listed for Ovide.

Ovide has not been adequately evaluated in pregnant women. Available data from animals suggests that the risk of fetal toxicity is low. It should be used (or handled) during pregnancy only if clearly needed.

It is unknown if Ovide is excreted in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

What are the important side effects of Ovide (malathion)?

Common side effects of malathion include:

  • Skin irritation
  • Scalp irritation
  • Other side effects include:
  • Mild conjunctivitis from accidental eye contact
  • Possible serious side effects include:
  • Chemical burn (second degree burn)

Malathion is flammable.

Ovide (malathion) side effects list for healthcare professionals

Malathion has been shown to be irritating to the skin and scalp. Other adverse reactions reported are chemical burns including second-degree burns. Accidental contact with the eyes can result in mild conjunctivitis.

It is not known if Malathion Lotion has the potential to cause contact allergic sensitization.

What drugs interact with Ovide (malathion)?

No Information provided

Summary

Ovide (malathion) is a pesticide used to kill 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. Common side effects of Ovide include skin irritation, scalp irritation, and mild conjunctivitis from accidental eye contact. Serious side effects of Ovide include chemical burn (second degree burn). Ovide is flammable. Ovide has not been adequately evaluated in pregnant women. It is unknown if Ovide is excreted in breast milk.

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Medically Reviewed on 9/14/2020
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