Prescription or OTCLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection

Nizoral Alternatives

(ketoconazole)

Prescription or OTCLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection
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These medications are comparable to Nizoral (ketoconazole) or used for similar purposes.

Nizoral
(ketoconazole)

Loprox
(ciclopirox)

Selsun
(selenium sulfide)

Treats fungal infections. 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.Coming soon.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Loprox (ciclopirox)
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+50% better vs. Nizoral (ketoconazole)
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+33% better vs. Nizoral (ketoconazole)
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+33% better vs. Nizoral (ketoconazole)
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Reviews for Selsun (selenium sulfide)
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-50% worse vs. Nizoral (ketoconazole)
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-67% worse vs. Nizoral (ketoconazole)
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Side effects
KetoconazoleCiclopiroxSelsun
  • Application site reaction 1%
  • Any side effect 3%
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How it works
KetoconazoleCiclopiroxSelsun
Nizoral (Ketoconazole) is an antifungal medicine. It prevents yeast and fungi from reproducing and making their protective outer cell wall.Coming soon.Coming soon.
Type of medication
KetoconazoleCiclopiroxSelsun
Prescription or OTC
Available as
KetoconazoleCiclopiroxSelsun
  • Pill
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Foam
  • Shampoo
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Liquid
  • Shampoo
  • Shampoo
Used for
KetoconazoleCiclopiroxSelsun
  • Onychomycosis Due To Dermatophyte Mild To Moderate
  • Dandruff Pityriasis Versicolor Seborrheic Dermatitis Of Scalp
Risk factors for serious side effects
KetoconazoleCiclopiroxSelsun
  • Asthma
Detailed Nizoral (ketoconazole) risks & warnings »
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      Pregnancy

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

      The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

      Upsides and benefits
      KetoconazoleCiclopiroxSelsun
      • 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.
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      Downsides and risks
      KetoconazoleCiclopiroxSelsun
      • 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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      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      KetoconazoleCiclopiroxSelsun
      • 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.
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