| Nizral Shampoo
What is Nizral Shampoo?
Nizral Shampoo containing the active ingredient ketoconazole is an azole antifungal type of medication. The medication works by disrupting the fungal cell membranes to kill fungi and yeast that are causing an infection. It is mainly used to control dandruff and relieve flaking, scaling and itching of the scalp caused by dandruff. Some patients may also use it to treat pityriasis versicolor.
How is Nizral Shampoo used?
Nizral Shampoo should be used once per day every 3 to 4 days for up to 8 weeks or as directed by a doctor. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage and length of treatment as it will depend on the patientís condition and their response to the therapy. Prior to applying the medication, wet your hair thoroughly. Apply the shampoo to your hair and rub the shampoo until it forms a lather. Rinse all the shampoo out of your hair with plenty of water. Repeat if necessary for additional treatment. Do not discontinue the medication until the prescribed length of treatment is completed, even if symptoms have disappeared, as abruptly stopping the treatment can cause the infection to return and the fungi to become harder to treat.
Patients using Nizral Shampoo may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Abnormal hair texture
- Blisters or pimple like bumps on scalp
- Oily or dry hair or scalp
- Hair loss
- Irritation, itching or stinging at application site
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or worsen.
The shampoo should not be used on broken, cut, irritated or inflamed skin.
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Nizral Shampoo is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.