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Shampoo With Ketoconazole

Shampoo With Ketoconazole

How should I use this medication?

Ketoconazole shampoo: Apply 5 mL to 10 mL to the wet scalp, work into a lather, and leave on for 3 to 5 minutes before rinsing with water. Take care to keep the shampoo out of the eyes and off the eyelids. If contact occurs, flush the eyes thoroughly with water. If using as a treatment, apply twice weekly for 2 to 4 weeks. If using as a preventative measure, apply once every 1 to 2 weeks.

How it works

Ketoconazole belongs to a class of drugs called antifungals. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Ketoconazole works to stop fungi and yeasts from causing an infection.

precautions or warnings 

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

Allergy: If a reaction suggesting allergy or chemical irritation should occur, stop using ketoconazole cream or shampoo and contact your doctor. Signs of an allergic reaction may include itchiness, rash, or swelling of the affected area.

Eye concerns: Ketoconazole cream should never be used to treat infections of the eye. If ketoconazole shampoo gets in the eyes, flush the eyes well with clear water for several minutes.

Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while using this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

Breast-feeding: It is not known if ketoconazole passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.

Side Effects

Nizoral (ketoconazole) 2% Shampoo is an antifungal medication used to treat fungal infections of the skin such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and seborrhea (dry, flaking skin). Nizoral is available as a cream, gel, and shampoo. Nizoral shampoo is used for the treatment of dandruff. Nizoral shampoo is available in generic form and over-the-counter. Common side effects of Nizoral shampoo include:

  • mild skin itching or irritation,
  • dry skin,
  • abnormal hair texture,
  • scalp pustules,
  • oiliness and dryness of hair and scalp,
  • rash,
  • hives,
  • application site reactions, or
  • headache.

Apply the shampoo to the damp skin of the affected area and a wide margin surrounding this area. Lather, leave in place for 5 minutes, and then rinse off with water. One application dose of the shampoo should be sufficient. Nizoral may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Nizoral should be used only if prescribed. It may be harmful to a fetus. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

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