Medically reviewed by Fedorchenko Olga Valeryevna, PharmD. Last updated on 1969-12-31
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Malamar lotion is indicated for patients infected with Pediculus humanus capitis (head lice and their ova) of the scalp hair.
Malamar topical lotion is used to treat head lice infections. It belongs to the group of medicines known as pediculicides (medicines that kill lice). Malamar acts by killing both the lice and their eggs.
Malamar is available only with your doctor's prescription.
- Apply Malamar lotion on DRY hair in amount just sufficient to thoroughly wet the hair and scalp. Pay particular attention to the back of the head and neck while applying Malamar lotion. Wash hands after applying to scalp.
- Allow hair to dry naturally - use no electric heat source, and allow hair to remain uncovered.
- After 8 to 12 hours, the hair should be shampooed.
- Rinse and use a fine - toothed (nit) comb to remove dead lice and eggs.
- If lice are still present after 7 - 9 days, repeat with a second application of Malamar lotion.
Further treatment is generally not necessary. Other family members should be evaluated by a physician to determine if infested, and if so, receive treatment.
What is the most important information I should know about Malamar?
Malamar lotion is contraindicated for neonates and infants because their scalps are more permeable and may have increased absorption of Malamar. Malamar lotion should also not be used on individuals known to be sensitive to Malamar or any of the ingredients in the vehicle.
Use Malamar as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Apply enough medicine to dry hair to completely wet the hair and scalp. Apply Malamar to scalp hair only. Pay special attention to the hair on the back of the head and neck while applying Malamar.
- Wash your hands immediately after using Malamar.
- Malamar is flammable. Do not expose Malamar or wet hair to lit cigarettes, open flames, or other heat sources (eg, electric heaters, hair dryers) until your hair is dry. Do not smoke while applying the lotion or while hair is wet.
- Allow hair to dry naturally and keep it uncovered after you apply Malamar.
- After 8 to 12 hours, shampoo hair, paying special attention to the hair on the back of the head and neck while shampooing.
- Rinse, and then comb the hair with a fine-tooth (nit) comb to remove dead lice and eggs. Start at the scalp and comb to the ends.
- If lice are still present after 7 to 9 days, use Malamar a second time as directed by your doctor. A second treatment is usually not necessary.
- If you miss a dose of Malamar, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Malamar.There are specific as well as general uses of a drug or medicine. A medicine can be used to prevent a disease, treat a disease over a period or cure a disease. It can also be used to treat the particular symptom of the disease. The drug use depends on the form the patient takes it. It may be more useful in injection form or sometimes in tablet form. The drug can be used for a single troubling symptom or a life-threatening condition. While some medications can be stopped after few days, some drugs need to be continued for prolonged period to get the benefit from it.
This medication is used to treat head lice, tiny insects that infest and irritate your scalp. Malamar belongs to a class of drugs known as organophosphates. It works by paralyzing and killing lice and their eggs (nits).
How to use Malamar topical
Learn all preparation and usage instructions in the product package. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is for use on hair and scalp only. Do not swallow. Be careful to avoid getting Malamar in your nose, ears, mouth, vagina, or eyes. Protect eyes during application by keeping them tightly closed and covered with a cloth or towel. If the medication accidentally comes in contact with your eyes, flush them with water to reduce irritation. If irritation continues or you experience vision changes, talk to your doctor.
Apply this medication onto dry hair and scalp. Use enough medication to make the hair and scalp wet, especially the back of the head and neck. Allow the hair to air-dry, uncovered. Wash hands after applying this medication. Leave Malamar on the hair and scalp for 8-12 hours. Then shampoo and rinse well, especially the back of the head and neck.
Run a fine-toothed comb (nit comb) through your wet hair to remove the dead lice and lice eggs. The infected person should be checked by another person for lice and nits. Please see the instructions in the product package for more details about nit removal. Consult your doctor if lice are still present after 7-9 days. Repeat treatment with this or other medication may be necessary.
This medication may cause a slight stinging feeling on the scalp. This is normal. However, if skin irritation occurs, wash the scalp and hair right away, allow the irritation to clear, and try using the medication again. If the irritation returns, consult your doctor.
This medication contains an ingredient that could easily catch fire (flammable). Avoid smoking, being around open flames (e.g., fireplaces, stoves, campfires), or electric heat sources such as heaters, hair dryers, and curlers/hair irons while using Malamar.
Do not use Malamar on newborns or infants.
Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use.
Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
What are the possible side effects of Malamar?
Malamar has been shown to be irritating to the skin and scalp. Other adverse reactions reported are chemical burns including second-degree burns. Accidental contact with the eyes can result in mild conjunctivitis.
It is not known if Malamar lotion has the potential to cause contact allergic sensitization.
Malamar is a parasympathomimetic organophosphate compound that is used as an insecticide for the treatment of head lice. Malamar is an irreversible cholinesterase inhibitor and has low human toxicity.