Treats fungal infections.
Our pharmacists’ bottom line
Nizoral (Ketoconazole) is a medication used on your skin to treat fungal infections; however, it takes several weeks for full recovery, and the directions are specific to each type of medication.
- Recommended as a first choice medication to treat skin infections caused by fungi, including cradle cap, seborrheic dermatitis, and tinea versicolor.
- Nizoral (Ketoconazole) isn't taken orally, so it doesn't cause liver issues.
- Can be used with other medications to help control redness and swelling.
- The 1% shampoo is available over-the-counter in the drugstore.
- The foams (Extina and Ketodan) and gel (Xolegel) are only available as brand name and can be more expensive.
- The 2.5% shampoo and creams are available only by prescription, but are generic.
- The shampoo has to be left on for at least 5-10 minutes after lathering before you rinse it off.
- It can take a few weeks for the infection to clear and a few months before the skin returns to its normal color.
- The fungal infections can be confused for other skin infections, so if Nizoral (Ketoconazole) doesn't work, it could be caused by another skin problem.
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- (30) 200mg tablet
- Cost for (30) 200mg tablets of Nizoral (Ketoconazole) at pharmacies
- $55.08New price:$46.27Save:16%
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Side effects for Nizoral (Ketoconazole)
From clinical trials of Ketoconazole / Fungal infections of the skin (2%) ( 1113)
- Any side effectAny side effect5% for Ketoconazole vs.2% for placebo
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- The shampoo is meant to be used once every 3 to 4 days, while the cream, gel and foam are meant to be used one to three times a day.
- It can take at least 2 to 6 weeks for the infection to completely clear, and it can take 3 to 6 months before the skin returns to its original color for some infections.
- Make sure Nizoral (Ketoconazole) doesn't get into the eyes.
- If you're using the foam, spray the foam into the cap, not your hands since it can melt before you put it on, and apply onto the skin, not the hair.
- Can cause redness, swelling, and an irritated or burning sensation to the area where you put Nizoral (Ketoconazole) on.
Risks and Warnings for Nizoral (Ketoconazole)Skip Risks and Warnings section. Skip to Tips section.
- Higher risk if:
- › Asthma
Nizoral (Ketoconazole) can contain sodium sulfite anhydrous, a sulfite that can cause allergic-type reactions including severe asthmatic episodes in people with asthma.