User Reviews for Malathion
Also known as: Ovide
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Reviews for Malathion to treat Head Lice
"Do NOT waste your time, energy or money on ANY OTC product. Lice are resistant to these- Ovide is the only way to go. Unfortunately, my daughter has gotten head lice 3 times in the past 4 years. She has very long hair & what a nightmare. Thankfully her hair is now shoulder length. I would not hesitate to use Ovide again! Good luck, hang in there & do not give up!!! PS- even if you think that they are gone, you must keep checking at least weekly!"
Ihatelice May 23, 2018
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Ovide (malathion): "After wasting $250 on Rid, princess castle live products and everything else under the sun including some expensive organic shampoo that did sort of work for the live ones just not the nits... we had to have the doctor call in a prescription for Ovide / Malathion... mind you there is NO way I’m the world that anyone above whom posted they left this on for over 15 minutes let alone a half hour ... no way an hour! It literally smells and feels like gasoline is on your scalp. It would burn your scalp severely bad if you left it on longer than 15-20 minutes - I think we made it 10-15 minutes at the maximum!!! It does the job! Period. It wipes them out! Nits live ones - everyone of them immediately. It is highly fumable and toxic! Be careful! Extreme caution. Do not use on a young child. Period."
electriccomet (taken for less than 1 month) December 19, 2017
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"I needed three treatments two years ago (one week between each treatment), but the biggest problem is the dosage. This tiny bottle barely cover my scalp and does not reach anything near half-way down my 30" hair. Length and thickness of hair should be factors in the amount prescribed. I think the bugs just ran down to dryer hair to escape the poison. Still, it worked better than OTC meds, which did nothing at all for the strain of lice I had. The directions I was given said to use half a bottle then use the other half a week later. A full bottle didn't even dampen my hair; half a bottle would have been less than useless."
JuanS August 14, 2017
2 users found this comment helpful.
"My daughter had lice for over 3 months because of ineffective medications like RID and Nix. I must've spent hundreds of dollars on treatments. Finally, I took her to the doctor and he prescribed malathion (Ovide). Malathion kicked butt! After one treatment she was completely clear of lice. They just fell off dead. The smell was horrid but totally worth it!"
Stacey the Malathion Fan (taken for less than 1 month) November 20, 2016
15 users found this comment helpful.
Ovide (malathion): "My head was itching like crazy and I had a huge red rash on the back of my head so I went to the dermatologist to find out the source. Turns out I had head lice and a really bad case of it too! My derm. recommended OVIDE, and I applied it the second I got home. Within 5 minutes of applying it there were almost 20 louse bugs lying on my bathroom counter-dead. The smell was so strong i threw up (I also hadn't eaten all day) but was totally worth it :))"
EmmaLice August 3, 2016
13 users found this comment helpful.
Ovide (malathion): "OVIDE ROCKS!! My 7 year old contracted lice from her school/daycare. I bought three lice shampoos from the pharmacy in addition to two cans of lice spray for my house and vehicle. To no avail., these treatments did not work and had to be done over and over again. I spent approx. $50.00 on the products and another $30.00 on cleaning supplies. I was fed up with spending so much money, so I took her to the doctor. Her pediatrician prescribed OVIDE and it completely killed all of the lice AND nits. When I rinsed it out 10 hours later, I combed through it only to find, partial flakes of dandruff (a possible side effect of OVIDE due to the dryness). NOTHING ELSE!! The smell is AWFUL but completely WORTH IT!"
Law Lover February 27, 2012
57 users found this comment helpful.
Ovide (malathion): "Ovide is the best thing ever! 4 years ago and after a crash course in head lice the Dr prescribed RID. After 4 months, countless hours combing, washing clothes and $500 later to treat 4 children and the sprays for furniture, every week these roaches kept coming back (this amount don't include the extra expense that we incurred replacing clothes that finished in the garbage can after being washed in hot water). Finally I went back to see my children's Dr. and she prescribed Ovide. After the first treatment, no more head lice! 3 months ago my son got them again and off course my choice was Ovide hands down! Don't waste money on other products."
mely78 December 10, 2011
66 users found this comment helpful.
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