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Ovide Prescription
Generic Name: malathion topical (MAL a THYE on TOP i kal)
Brand Name: Ovide
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Ovide Drug Information:

Malathion is an anti-parasite medication. Malathion is used to treat head lice. Malathion may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this does happen, rinse with water. Do not use this medication on a child younger than 6 years old. Do not allow an older child to use Malathion without supervision of an adult. Malathion lotion is flammable. Do not use this medication near high heat or open flame. Do not use a curling iron, hair dryer, or other heat styler on treated hair. Warn children to stay away from open flames and electric heat sources while the hair is wet. Learn more

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Ovide Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about malathion topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Ovide.

Applies to malathion topical: topical lotion

Along with its needed effects, malathion topical (the active ingredient contained in Ovide) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking malathion topical:


  • Skin rash

Incidence not known

  • Blistering and peeling of the skin
  • pain
  • reddened skin
  • swelling

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking malathion topical:

Symptoms of overdose

  • Abdominal or stomach cramps
  • anxiety or restlessness
  • clumsiness or unsteadiness
  • confusion or mental depression
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • diarrhea
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • increased sweating
  • increased watering of the mouth or eyes
  • loss of bowel or bladder control
  • muscle twitching of the eyelids, face, and neck
  • pinpoint pupils
  • slow heartbeat
  • trembling
  • unusual weakness

Some side effects of malathion topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common or rare

  • Burning, dry, or itching eyes
  • discharge or excessive tearing
  • redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, inner lining of the eyelid
  • stinging or irritation of the scalp

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/27/2021.

Source: Drugs.com Ovide (www.drugs.com/mtm/ovide.html).