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Loprox Shampoo

Loprox Shampoo Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 2/7/2016

Loprox Shampoo (ciclopirox shampoo) is an antifungal medication used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections. Loprox Shampoo is also used to treat seborrheic dermatitis (inflammatory skin condition) of the scalp. The topical nail lacquer is used to treat fungal infections of the toenails and fingernails. Loprox Shampoo is available in generic form. Common side effects of Loprox Shampoo include mild burning, itching, or redness.

Wet hair and apply approximately 1 teaspoon (5 mL dose) of Loprox Shampoo to the scalp. Up to 2 teaspoons (10 mL) may be used for long hair. Lather and leave on hair and scalp for 3 minutes. Avoid contact with eyes. Rinse. Treatment should be repeated twice per week for 4 weeks, with a minimum of 3 days between applications. Loprox Shampoo may interact with other topical products; do not use at the same time unless directed otherwise by your doctor. Other skin medications may affect the absorption or effectiveness of Loprox topical formulations. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Loprox Shampoo is not expected to be harmful to a fetus. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Loprox Shampoo (ciclopirox shampoo) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Patient Information in Detail?

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Loprox Shampoo in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using ciclopirox and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • unusual or severe itching, redness, burning, dryness, or irritation of treated skin; or
  • discoloration or other changes in the nails.

Less serious side effects may include mild burning, itching, or redness.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Loprox Shampoo (Ciclopirox Shampoo)

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Loprox Shampoo FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


In 626 patients treated with LOPROX Shampoo (ciclopirox shampoo) twice weekly in the two pivotal clinical studies, the most frequent adverse events were increased itching in 1% of patients, and application site reactions, such as burning, erythema, and itching, also in 1% of patients. Other adverse events occurred in individual patients only.

Adverse events that led to early study medication termination in clinical trials occurred in 1.5% (26/1738) of patients treated with LOPROX Shampoo (ciclopirox shampoo) and 2.0% (12/661) of patients treated with shampoo vehicle. The most common adverse events leading to termination of study medication in either group was seborrhea. In the LOPROX Shampoo (ciclopirox shampoo) group, other adverse events included rash, pruritus, headache, ventricular tachycardia, and skin disorder. In the shampoo vehicle group, other adverse events included skin disorder and rash.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Loprox Shampoo (Ciclopirox Shampoo)

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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