Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole)
What is Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole) used for?
Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole) is used to help control dandruff, and to relieve the itchiness, scaling and flaking that occurs with dandruff. The active ingredient in this shampoo is a type of azole antifungal, which is effective in treating dandruff by preventing the growth of fungus. The 2% variety of this product is also useful in treating a type of fungal infection known as pityriasis.
How should I use Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole)?
Before using Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole), you should first wet the scalp and the hair completely, before gently rubbing in the shampoo. Rinse it clean with warm water, and repeat this process if necessary. If you are using this product to treat skin other than the scalp, you should wet the skin at the affected area, and apply the shampoo. Leave it in place for 5 minutes before rinsing it off. You should consult your physician if your condition does not improve after 2 to 4 weeks.
What are the side effects of Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole)?
If you use Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole) to treat dandruff or other conditions, you may notice some side effects, such as:
Although it is extremely unlikely, if you experience hair loss, you should inform your physician immediaty.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.