November 22, 2014
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Nizoral Shampoo

(ketoconazole topical)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02182920 NIZORAL 2% TOPICAL SHAMPOO

How does Nizoral Shampoo work? What will it do for me?

Ketoconazole belongs to the family of medications called antifungals. It is used to treat fungal infections of the skin (ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch) and nails. It is also used to treat "sun fungus" (tinea versicolor, pityriasis versicolor).

The shampoo is used to treat and prevent conditions such as dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. Ketoconazole works by preventing the fungus from making normal cell walls, thereby stopping fungal growth.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Nizoral Shampoo?

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.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

Ketoconazole should be used for the recommended duration of treatment, even if the symptoms seem to have disappeared. This will reduce the chance of the fungal infection returning.

It is important to use medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, do not allow it to freeze, and keep it out of reach of children.

This medication is available under multiple brand names and in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Nizoral Shampoo come in?

Each mL of pink-orange, viscous shampoo contains ketoconazole 2% (20 mg/g). Nonmedicinal ingredients: coconut fatty acid diethanolamide, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, perfume bouquet, hydrochloric acid, imidurea, laurdimonium hydrolyzed animal collagen, macrogol 120 methyl glucose dioleate, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, sodium laureth sulfate, erythrosin, and water.

Who should NOT take Nizoral Shampoo?

Ketoconazole should not be used by anyone who is allergic to ketoconazole or to any of the ingredients of the medication.

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