Compare Ketoconazole vs. Diflucan
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
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.
Diflucan (fluconazole) is a cheap and effective treatment for fungal infections.
- 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.
- Available in a cheap generic version.
- Single dose treatment for vaginal infections.
- Available as a pill, liquid, or injection.
- 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.
- Excessive use of alcohol while on this medicine can harm your liver.
- Can interfere with how other medicines work, especially birth control pills.
- Cream, gel, or ointment
- Any side effect5%
- Abdominal pain6%
- Severe allergic reactions
- Liver disease
- Serious immediate allergic reaction
- Skin rash
- Use in pregnancy