Ketoconazole is an antifangal treatment that targets fungal infections of the skin (ringworm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch) and nails. It also treats “sun fungus” (tinea versicolor, pityriasis versicolor). The shampoo works by preventing the fungus from making normal cell walls, thereby stopping fungal growth. In addition, Nizoral shampoo is considered the most effective treatment for dandruff. But how does this shampoo work and what are the possible nizoral side effects?
How to use nizoral shampoo
First of all, before using nizoral shampoo, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions such as:
- Pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- Taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- Allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- Liver problems or the blood disease porphyria
- Have a history of alcohol abuse
- Do not use nizoral if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
Because Nizoral shampoo may interfere with other medications, if you’re taking any, ask your health provider before you start using it. It is safe to know before you can develop any nizoral side affects. Here is the proper way to use the shampoo. First of all, check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Or follow your doctor’s directions of use and then start applying the shampoo as the following:
- First of all, wet hair and scalp completely with water
- Secondly, apply enough shampoo to produce enough lather to clean hair and scalp. (Depends on how much hair you have)
- Massage gently and in circles over entire scalp.
- Leave on for 3 to 5 minutes.
- finally rinse hair with warm water.
- Repeat this process if directed to do so by your doctor.
Here is a video about nizoral shampoo and what it’s used for:
If you miss a dose of nizoral shampoo, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once. Also, this shampoo may remove the curl from a permanent wave in the hair.When treating pityriasis, this medication may not cause an immediate return to normal skin color. In addition, it may take several months after treatment is completed for your natural skin color to return.
Because this medicine may be harmful if swallowed, or if an overdose is suspected, please remember to contact poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Possible nizoral side effects
Like any other medicine, seems like there are some nizoral side effects to keep in mind for your own safety. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON, nozoral side effects persist or become bothersome:
- Mild irritation or stinging.
- Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; tightness in the chest. Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue; unusual hoarseness)
- Reddening, blistering, peeling, itching, or burning of your skin. In addition,
- Abnormal hair texture,
- Mild hair loss
- Scalp pustules,
- Oiliness and dryness of hair and scalp,
It is important to seek medical attention right away if any of the above SEVER nizoral side effects occur. Although most of these side effects don’t happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention. Yet, some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Therefore, check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are using nezoral.