• Scabies and lice

Malathion Generic Name & Formulations

General Description

Malathion 0.5%; lotion; contains alcohol 78%.

Pharmacological Class

Pediculicide (organophosphate).

How Supplied

Contact supplier

Malathion Indications


Head lice.

Malathion Dosage and Administration

Adults and Children

<6yrs: not established. ≥6yrs: apply to dry hair until hair and scalp are thoroughly wet. Let hair dry naturally (do not use blow dryer or other heat source). Shampoo and rinse after 8–12hrs; remove dead lice and eggs with nit comb. May repeat once after 7–9 days. Wash hands after application. Wash or dryclean bedding or clothing appropriately.

Malathion Contraindications


Neonates. Infants.

Malathion Boxed Warnings

Not Applicable

Malathion Warnings/Precautions


For use on scalp only. Remove if irritation occurs, may reapply if irritation subsides; discontinue if irritation recurs. Avoid eyes. Product is flammable; keep away from heat and flame (including smoking, hair dryers, electric curlers). Pregnancy (Cat.B). Nursing mothers.

Malathion Pharmacokinetics

See Literature

Malathion Interactions

Not Applicable

Malathion Adverse Reactions

Adverse Reactions

Stinging, irritation, chemical burns.

Malathion Clinical Trials

See Literature

Malathion Note


Formerly known under the brand name Ovide.

Malathion Patient Counseling

See Literature