Generic Name: Malathion

  • What is Ovide?

    Ovide is a topical lotion (applied directly on the skin) used to treat head lice and their eggs of scalp hair.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Ovide?

    Ovide is for external use on scalp hair only. Do not use it in your eyes or mouth. If exposure occurs, rinse your eyes with water immediately. Tell your doctor immediately if you accidentally ingest the lotion by mouth.

    Ovide can cause skin irritation, chemical burns, or stinging sensations when it is applied. Tell your doctor immediately if this occurs.

  • Who should not take Ovide?

    Do not use Ovide if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. Also, do not use Ovide to treat a newborn baby or infant.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Ovide?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Ovide. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies or other skin conditions.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥6 years: Apply the lotion on dry hair in an amount sufficient to thoroughly wet your hair and scalp, paying attention to the back of your head and neck.

  • How should I take Ovide?

    Apply Ovide as prescribed by your doctor. Apply Ovide on your scalp hair, paying attention to the back of your head and neck. Wash your hands immediately after applying Ovide. Allow your hair to dry naturally. Shampoo your hair after 8-12 hours, again paying attention to the back of your head and neck. Rinse your hair and use a special comb called a nit comb to remove dead nits (lice eggs) from your hair.

    If lice are still present after 7-9 days, repeat with a second application of Ovide. Further treatment is generally not necessary.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use Ovide.

  • What should I avoid while taking Ovide?

    Do not use Ovide in your eyes or mouth.

    After applying Ovide lotion, allow the hair to remain uncover.

    Do not expose Ovide to open flames or electric heat sources, including hair dryers and electric curlers. Do not smoke while applying the lotion or while your hair is wet.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Ovide?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Ovide at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Ovide?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, chemical burns, conjunctivitis ("pink eye"), skin and scalp irritation

  • Can I receive Ovide if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Ovide during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Ovide?

    If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

  • How should I store Ovide?

    Store at room temperature. Keep away from heat and open flame.