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Dosage/Direction for Use

Head pediculosis
Adult: As 0.5% lotion: Apply sufficient amount to dry hair, allow to dry naturally, then shampoo and rinse after 8-12 hours. May repeat application, after 7-9 days, if lice is still present.
Child: ≥6 years Same as adult dose.
Special Precautions
Childn. Pregnancy and lactation. Patient Counselling Avoid hair exposure to open flames or other heat sources. Monitoring Parameters Monitor for severe skin irritation.
Adverse Reactions
Dermatologic: Irritation of skin and scalp, burn and stinging sensation, dry hair, transient increase in dandruff.
Malathion is an organophosphate insecticide which acts as a pediculicide by inhibiting cholinesterase activity in Pediculus humanus var. capitis (head lice), resulting in rapid and massive muscle paralysis and death. It has also ovicidal activity against nits (eggs) that prevents final hatching of the nymph.
Topical/Cutaneous: Store between 20-25°C. Protect from heat and open flames.
CIMS Class
Topical Antifungals & Antiparasites
ATC Classification
P03AX03 - malathion ; Belongs to the class of other ectoparasiticides including scabicides.
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