Ketoconazole 2% shampoo is a medicated shampoo used for the treatment and prevention of infections of the scalp and skin associated with the fungus Pityrosporum such as:
Always use ketoconazole shampoo exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Ketoconazole shampoo is for use on your skin only. Do not swallow it.
For adolescents and adults (including the elderly):
Your usual shampoo can be used as necessary between treatments with ketoconazole shampoo.
Frequency of application:
For dandruff or dry/greasy scaling of the scalp, use ketoconazole shampoo:
Do not worry if you miss an application of ketoconazole shampoo. Restart your treatment as soon as your remember.
Like all medicines, ketoconazole shampoo can cause side effects ,although not everybody gets them.
Stop using ketoconazole shampoo and tell your doctor straight away if you notice any of the following. You may need urgent medical treatment.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice or suspect any of the following side effects:
Uncommon side effects (affects fewer than 1 in 100 people):
Rare side effects (affects fewer than 1 in 1000 people):
The following side effects have been reported, however the precise frequency cannot be identified and therefore how often they occur is classed as unknown:
Do not use ketoconazole shampoo if you are allergic to ketoconazole or any other ingredients in the shampoo.
Take special care with ketoconazole shampoo if you:
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using ketoconazole shampoo. Generally, ketoconazole shampoo can be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Please tell your doctor if you are having or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
The above information answers some common questions about this medicine. It does not contain all the available information. It also does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.