It treats skin infections. Nizoral cream curesJock itch, Athlete’s foot, Ringworm, and some type of Dandruff. This drug also treats a skin condition called pityriasis. It is a fungal infection causing a darkening or lightening of the skin around the chest, neck, legs, or arms. This drug works and prevents the fungus from growing.
What is the generic name of Nizoral cream?
Ketoconazole is its generic name.
What are the uses of Nizoral cream?
It is an antifungal drug. Nizoral cream treats skin infections that fungus causes. These are sweat rash, vaginal thrush, ringworm, and athlete’s foot. It works, kills, and stops the fungi from growing. Thus it clears the infection and relieves all symptoms.
How long should you use Nizoral (Ketoconazole)cream?
You must use this drug for as long as your doctor mentioned even if your symptoms go away. If you do not they will return.
How long will Nizoral (Ketoconazole)cream take to work?
Based on the infection type you will treat, it may take many weeks. Even if you have cured skin, you need to apply this cream occasionally for preventing any symptoms from coming back.
Mechanism of Nizoral cream
It includes the active ingredient named ketoconazole. It kills yeasts and fungi. This causes holes to appear in the membranes of their cell. It allows required cell constituents to leak out. It kills yeast cells and fungi. The medicine helps clear all infections. Your doctor may prescribe Nizoral cream to treat many types of yeast and Fungal infections.
It is only for external use. Use Nizoral cream in the dosage and duration as prescribed by your doctor. You can check the label for proper directions before using it.
How to use Nizoral cream?
Clean the affected area, make it dry, and then apply this cream. After applying, wash your hands, unless your hands are in the area affected by the infection.
Stop using it if you:
Have allergies to its ingredients or other allergies.
Have any medical history such as kidney or liver disease.
Are pregnant or may become pregnant.
Have sulfite allergy
Have any allergic reaction to any antifungal drug like miconazole or econazole
What are the interactions of Nizoral cream?
The drug used on your skin is not likely to get affected by other drugs that you are using. But various drugs may interact with one another.
What should I inform my doctor about?
Inform your doctor about all drugs you use such as prescription and OTC drugs, herbal products, and vitamins. Interaction with other drugs may change how your drugs work or increase the risk for severe side effects. Keep a list of every drug you use and inform your doctor. You should not start, change or stop the dosage of any drugs without his approval.
What should I do if I am using other products?
If you are using other lotions, ointments, or creams including cosmetics or moisturizers on the same skin area, you must preferably not apply these at the same time as Nizoral cream. It is because they may dilute the drug and lower its effect during infection treatment.
How should I use any lotion or cream along with Nizoral cream?
Always leave almost 30 minutes between applying various products to the same skin area. It will give them time to get absorbed.
How to store Nizoral cream?
You must store Nizoral cream at temperatures not more than 30°C.
Keep it away from heat.
Do not let moisture touch it.
Direct sunlight should not come into the room where you keep it.
What are the side effects of Nizoral cream?
Drugs and their possible side effects may affect people in various ways. A common side effect of using it is having a burning sensation in the area where you will apply this cream.
Uncommon side effects
Some uncommon side effects of using Nizoral cream are:
Allergic skin inflammation
Tingling at the site of application.
Severe side effects:
A serious allergic reaction to Nizoral cream is rare. Yet tell your doctor if you see any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These are:
These are a few side effects of this drug. It does not mean that everyone using it will face it or any side effects. If any of the side effects last for a long time or become worse, tell your doctor. You must remember that your doctor has prescribed this drug by judging its benefit as greater than its side effects risks. Many people who use it do not suffer from any side effects. If you suffer from open sores or blisters occur, get help from your doctor.
Cut the nails very short. Wear open-toe shoes for daily use.
Use a clean towel for your feet. Wear clean socks.
Do not share your socks, towels, or shoes with anyone else.
Avoid getting this cream in your nose, mouth, or eyes. If any accidental exposure occurs, immediately rinse with lots of water.
Things to remember
Nizoral cream is only for external use on your skin. You should not use it inside your nose, eyes, or mouth.
It is not prescribed for children and others aged below 18 years.
You must follow all directions on the label of a drug before using it.
Use it for 3-4 days after the infection’s symptoms have completely cleared up. It is to ensure that the infection is treated fully. It will also stop it from returning.
This cream has propylene glycol. It may irritate your skin.
It also has cetyl and stearyl alcohol that can cause skin reactions like contact dermatitis.
Complete the entire course of this treatment with Nizoral cream even if you get better.
When should you get help from your doctor?
If your infection did not clear up after 4 weeks of the treatment, you must tell your doctor.
If you use any other cream, lotion, or ointment on your skin infection that has a steroid it is safe to continue using it. In the morning use the steroid and use this cream in the evening. But ask your doctor about it.
Tell your doctor if this infection did not clear up after 4 weeks of this treatment.
Frequently asked questions
Can I use Nizoral cream along with a steroid cream?
Doctors recommend using a mild steroid ointment in the morning before using this cream in the evening. You can then gradually quit using the steroid cream within 2-3 weeks. But if used a potent one to treat seborrheic dermatitis, then keep a 2 weeks gap before applying Nizoral cream for preventing skin sensitization.
For how long can I use it?
You must use it for as long as told by your doctor. To treat sweat rash and jock itch, you must use it for almost 2-4 weeks. To treat Athlete’s foot you must use it for 2-6 weeks. You should not quit using it even if all symptoms go away. It is as if the infectionmay come back if not well treated.
How should you apply Nizoral cream?
Wash your affected area properly with water. Then allow it to become dry. Carefully wash your hands after applying Nizoral cream. It will stop the infection to spread to other body parts and other people.
If I do not remember to use it, what should I do?
If you do not remember to use this cream, do not get worried. Keep on using it once you remember about it. Yet if you are unsure and have other doubts, get in touch with your doctor.