What is Derbac M?
Derbac M liquid is used to treat infestations of scabies, pubic lice and head lice. It is designed to be used externally on the skin. Because it doesn’t contain alcohol, it may be a better treatment option for people with asthma, eczema or other sensitive skin issues.
How does Derbac M work?
Derbac M liquid contains an active ingredient called malathion which kills lice and mites. The other symptoms that are caused by such infestations, like itching and rash, will then disappear within about 7 days.
How do you use Derbac M?
It’s important to use Derbac M as directed by your pharmacist or doctor. You should also read the patient information leaflet before using this medication.
To use this malathion lotion for scabies, apply the liquid all over the body from the neck down. Don’t wash it off for 24 hours. If you wash your hands you should reapply Derbac M immediately.
To treat pubic lice, adults over the age of 18 should apply this liquid all over the body from the neck down, paying particular attention to areas covered with hair. Derbac M should only be applied to the beard and moustache if they are infested.
To treat both scabies and pubic lice Derbac M should be left on for at least an hour, preferably overnight, before being washed off. Repeat the treatment after 7 days.
Derbac M malathion liquid shouldn’t be used more than once in a week. It also shouldn’t be used for more than 3 weeks in a row.
How effective is Derbac M?
Derbac M is a clinically proven scabies and pubic lice treatment, providing the directions for treatment in the patient information leaflet are followed carefully.
To prevent reinfection, ensure your family and those you have close contact with are also treated.
What are the main side effects of Derbac M?
Like all medicines, Derbac M can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. Possible side effects of Derbac M are:
- Skin irritation
- Allergic reactions
- Chemical burns
For a list of further side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will lice shampoo kill scabies?
Derbac M liquid contains malathion which kills head lice, pubic lice and scabies when used correctly.