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What is malathion?

Malathion is a prescription lotion that treats lice. It works by inhibiting cholinesterase, which makes it potentially dangerous if inadvertently absorbed in a large dose. Malathion is a prescription drug sold under the brand name Ovide. Malathion is most effective at treating lice when used in combination with self-care. This includes the thorough decontamination of the home, the school and personal items. Wash all clothes and bed linens in hot water and dry them on a hot cycle to kill both the parasites and their eggs.

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