Nizoral is an anti-fungal shampoo that contains ketoconazole. Ketoconazole is sold in different forms: a pill, cream, and as an ingredient in shampoos. This article will discuss the way it works and its benefits. It will also discuss who should use the medication and even how much it costs.
Ketoconazole in Nizoral
Ketoconazole is a medical drug that is used to treat fungal infections as well as hair loss and specifically male pattern balding (androgenic alopecia) in both men and women. The anti-fungal properties in ketoconazole enable it to treat fungal infections on the scalp commonly known as dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis).
Other properties in ketoconazole work to help decrease the production of testosterone, which can sometimes be converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a substance that destroys hair follicles leading to hair loss. Lower levels of testosterone mean that less of the testosterone is being converted to DHT. That allows the hair follicles to remain healthy thereby restoring hair to a healthier and fuller state.
Nizoral comes in a bottle containing 1% ketoconazole. It is available over the counter and the one that contains 2% ketoconazole, which requires a doctor’s prescription to purchase. Nizoral containing 2% ketoconazole is often prescribed along with other hair loss treatments to treat androgenic alopecia. Some of the other hair loss treatments that may be prescribed along with the shampoo include oral contraceptives (hormone replacement therapy) for women, finasteride (Propecia) for men, cimetidine (Tagamet), spironolactone (Aldactone), and topical minoxidil (Rogaine), among others.
Pros of Using Nizoral
• It is fast acting
• It works to relieve itchiness
• It is easy to use, lathers easily and spreads evenly on application
• It does not cause irritation on the scalp
• It prevents the drying of the scalp and formation of flaky skin
• It has a great fragrance
Cons of Using Nizoral
• It is not widely available
• In rare cases, some people may experience some mild side effects
Side Effects Caused By Nizoral
In rare cases, some people have reported of experiencing side effects from using Nizoral shampoo. This is mainly because they may be allergic to the ingredients in the shampoo including the ketoconazole. It is advisable to stop using a medicated product and seek medical advice if you experience any side effects after using the product. Some of the side effects that a person may experience on the scalp after using the shampoo are as follows.
• Blistering of the skin on the scalp
• A differences in the texture of the hair after using the shampoo
• It may irritate the skin and cause itchiness
• The skin may become extremely dry
Some adverse allergic reactions that are extremely rare include rashes, hives, and trouble breathing. If you experience any of these reactions, always seek medical attention.
Who Can Use Nizoral?
The shampoo can be used by both women and men to treat hair loss, fungal infections on the scalp, and seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff). The shampoo is usually used as part of the treatment plan in cases of androgenic alopecia or male pattern balding in both sexes. It can also be used to reduce hair loss and shedding in cases of telogen effluvium—a condition that causes hair loss due to trauma caused by surgery, childbirth, or a major illness.
Nizoral has also helped men manage hair loss when used in combination with finasteride. It is important to inform your doctor if you are allergic to ketoconazole or any of the other ingredients in Nizoral shampoo. Your doctor should also be made aware if you are nursing, are pregnant, planning to be pregnant or are taking any other medication or supplements during the treatment period.
The Cost of Nizoral
Usually, the over counter bottle of Nizoral goes for $10 for the 4-ounce bottle and $15 to $16 for the 7-ounce bottle. The prescription strength shampoo will depend on your insurance coverage and on the pharmacy outlet where you purchase it. In most cases, medical insurance does not cover hair loss treatments.
Nizoral shampoo is one of the best and most effective treatments for treating hair loss conditions and for treating fungal infections on the scalp. If you are seeking to add volume to hair, make it thicker and fuller to gain a full head of hair then go for the Nizoral way.