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Nizoral Shampoo is a powerful and effective anti-dandruff treatment. Its active ingredient Ketoconazole helps to reduce the flaking, itching, and redness that often come with dandruff. Ketoconazole shampoo works by killing the fungus that causes dandruff, leaving your scalp feeling clean and refreshed. It also helps to reduce oiliness of the scalp, making it easier to manage your hair.

Ketoconazole is an antifungal medication that can help treat these conditions by reducing the growth of fungi on the scalp. When ketoconazole is used as a shampoo, only minimal amounts are absorbed into the body. It is a skin treatment that can be used alongside most medications without issue. It comes as 2% shampoo.

Uses and Dosage

Ketoconazole shampoo is used to treat fungal infections of the skin. It is typically applied once daily for 2-6 weeks as directed by your doctor. Follow your prescription label and any instructions from your doctor or pharmacist carefully. Apply the shampoo to the affected area and do not use more or less than prescribed.

The dosage of ketoconazole shampoo can vary depending on the condition being treated. For seborrheic dermatitis, ketoconazole foam should be applied to the affected area twice daily for 4 weeks, while ketoconazole cream should be applied twice daily for 4 weeks or until the condition clears. For cutaneous candidiasis, tinea corporis, tinea cruris, tinea pedis, or pityriasis versicolor, ketoconazole cream or shampoo should be applied to the affected area as prescribed by your doctor.

Side effect

Common Side Effects of Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole):

  • Blisters on scalp
  • Changes in hair texture
  • Dry skin
  • Irritation, itching, or stinging in the place where you applied the medication
  • Itching
  • Oily or dry hair or scalp

Serious Side Effects of Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole):

  • Ash
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Hives
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Warmth in the place where you applied the medication

Form and strength

Nizoral Shampoo (Ketoconazole) is available in the following forms and strength:

Nizoral Shampoo: Shampoo

  • 2%


  • Avoid contact with the eyes or mucous membranes.
  • Consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using ketoconazole shampoo if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Do not use it on broken or irritated skin.
  • If an allergic reaction occurs, discontinue use immediately and seek medical attention.
  • Ketoconazole may interact with other medications, so inform your doctor or pharmacist of all medications you are taking.
  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to ketoconazole or any other medications, or shampoos.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using ketoconazole, call your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any medical condition. If you will be using the cream, tell your doctor if you have or have ever had asthma.
  • Use only as directed by your doctor or as indicated on the product label.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long does ketoconazole take to work?

Ketoconazole cream and shampoo usually take 2 to 4 weeks to work for dandruff, scaly and dry or greasy skin (seborrhoeic dermatitis), jock itch and sweat rash.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.

Will ketoconazole affect my contraception?

When it is used as a shampoo, ketoconazole does not affect any type of contraceptive.

Can I drink alcohol?

Yes, you can drink alcohol while using ketoconazole cream or shampoo.


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