Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole)
What is Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole) used for?
Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole) is a medicated solution prescribed to treat patients with dandruff. It contains an antifungal medication that operates by destroying or slowing the reproduction of fungus cells responsible for this condition allowing the immune system to eliminate the infection naturally. This makes it useful for preventing symptoms associated with this condition including flaking skin, irritation, or severe itchiness of the scalp. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole)?
Use Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole) according to your physician's directions to get the most effective results from treatment. The shampoo is normally administered once daily while you are showering, but your particular instructions will depend on your health and the severity of your symptoms. Rinse your hair prior to use to remove any dirt or loose skin. Apply a small amount of shampoo to the scalp, massage it gently to create lather, and allow it to soak for several minutes so that the medication may be absorbed into the scalp. Thoroughly rinse the shampoo out of the hair preventing it from contacting any mucous membranes such as the eye or mouth to prevent unexpected problems. Ask your physician any questions you have to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole)?
Some patients using Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole) may experience side effects such as:
Stop using the shampoo and contact your physician immediately if you experience any side effects that are intense or worrying. Be especially cautious about signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, swelling, or trouble breathing. These conditions may require reduced application frequency or other alterations to your regimen to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Do not apply Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole) to skin that is broken or severely damaged. It is also not recommended to use the medication if you are allergic to ketoconazole or if you have had a bad reaction to similar medications or treatments in the past.
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 an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.