Medical Q&As

Prioderm - safe in pregnancy?

Could you please outline the risks to the foetus of use of using Prioderm for head lice during pregnancy? I am currently 13 to 14 weeks gestation. I am very worried.

There is no need for you to be worried because Prioderm is generally regarded as the treatment of choice for scabies and lice infestation during pregnancy. Prioderm contains the active ingredient Malathion and any of the other OTC Malathion-containing lotions are also safe. The first twelve weeks of gestation is the key phase in pregnancy when drugs can have teratogenic effects but since you have now advanced beyond that stage you can be doubly reassured. Head lice infestation is quite common in expectant mothers especially when there are school children in the family.