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Nizoral Shampoo Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is ketoconazole topical (Nizoral Shampoo)?
- What are the possible side effects of ketoconazole topical?
- What is the most important information I should know about ketoconazole topical?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using ketoconazole topical?
- How should I apply ketoconazole topical?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while using ketoconazole topical?
- What other drugs will affect ketoconazole topical?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using ketoconazole topical?
You should not use ketoconazole topical if you are allergic to it.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether ketoconazole topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether ketoconazole topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. You should not breast-feed if you have applied ketoconazole topical to your breast area.
Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 12 years old without medical advice.
How should I apply ketoconazole topical?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Do not use ketoconazole topical to treat any skin condition that has not been checked by your doctor.
Wash your hands before and after using this medication.
Clean and dry the affected area. Apply a thin layer of the cream or gel to the affected skin area as directed. This medicine is usually used for only 2 to 4 weeks.
Wait at least 20 minutes after applying this medicine before you use cosmetics or sunscreen on the treated skin area. Do not wash the treated skin for at least 3 hours after applying ketoconazole topical.
Do not use bandages or dressings over the treated skin areas, unless your doctor has told you to.
Use the shampoo twice per week, unless your doctor has told you otherwise. Apply enough shampoo to create a lather and massage the scalp for 1 minute. Rinse thoroughly and repeat, leaving the lather on for an additional 3 minutes. Then rinse it off completely. Allow at least 3 days to pass between uses of ketoconazole shampoo.
Call your doctor if your condition does not improve within 2 weeks, or if your symptoms get worse.
Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antifungal medication.
Store ketoconazole topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Ketoconazole topical gel is flammable. Avoid using near open flame, and do not smoke until the gel has completely dried on your skin.
Additional Nizoral Shampoo Information
- Nizoral Shampoo Drug Interactions Center: ketoconazole top
- Nizoral Shampoo Side Effects Center
- Nizoral Shampoo FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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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