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How to Treat Hair Loss Using Nizoral
September 13, 2017
Ketoconazole, also known as Nizoral, is a topical anti-fungal drug that helps in the treatment of different types of hair loss. Although you may get the hair loss treatment over the counter, most physicians advise that it’s best for you to seek your doctor’s recommendation to get the best prescription-strength Nizoral shampoo for your type of hair loss.
This antifungal drug treatment is used to manage scalp conditions such as dandruff. Ketoconazole can also be used as a treatment for hair loss for conditions like androgenetic alopecia, which is well-known as genetic pattern baldness, in not only men but also women.
Ketoconazole is manufactured and sold under the prescription name Nizoral and decreases the production of testosterone. This is because when testosterone is converted to a substance known as DHT (dihydrotestosterone), it destroys hair follicles thus resulting in high amounts of hair loss. A low level of testosterone also leads to less creation of DHT. Thus, hair follicles will be healthier, and your hair will be fuller and healthier.
Ketoconazole is usually available as a cream, shampoo or a pill in the treatment of fungal infections, although shampoo is the most recommended for treatment of hair loss. Nizoral shampoo has about 2% ketoconazole that is sometimes prescribed by a doctor as a treatment for hair loss androgenetic alopecia, which is generally in conjunction with the treatment of hair loss conditions. Other hair loss treatment for androgenetic alopecia are spironolactone (Aldactone), cimetidine (Tagamet), topical minoxidil (Rogaine), hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives for women, finasteride (Propecia) for men and much more.
Pros & Cons of Nizoral
• Nizoral is easy to use Nizoral is an easy treatment to use because you simply use it into your scalp as per your doctor’s instructions.
• You can buy it without a doctor’s prescription. You can also get a slightly weaker strength of Nizoral shampoo that is 1% over the counter regardless of your doctor’s prescription, although it may not work very well against hair loss.
• All in one Nizoral is not only a hair loss treatment plan but also involves other hair medications as well since it is not a one-stop shop for treatment of hair loss.
Side Effects of Nizoral treatment
One of the major benefits of the Nizoral treatment is that it only causes minor side effects (if any!) for those who use it. It is also worth noting that some people may be allergic to ketoconazole and may experience rashes, hives, or have trouble breathing.
Ketoconazole rarely causes skin problems. The following are some skin problems that may result from using ketoconazole in those rare cases.
1. Blistering skin 2. Differences in the texture of the hair 3. Irritated or itchy skin 4. Dry skin
Who is fit to use Nizoral?
Both men and women can use Nizoral treatment in cases where they suffer from fungal infections of the scalp, androgenetic alopecia, and/or dandruff. They should use the Nizoral shampoo as part of their hair loss treatment plan for maximum benefits. For those who have hair loss caused by telogen effluvium, which occurs due to trauma like surgery, childbirth, or major illnesses, they may experience less hair loss and shedding by using ketoconazole shampoo.
Men should specifically take finasteride for treatment of androgenetic alopecia to experience better management of their loss of hair by using Nizoral treatment.
You should notify your doctor before using Nizoral in case you are allergic to ketoconazole or any other medication or shampoos, or if you are pregnant, nursing, or have any plans of becoming pregnant. You are also advised to notify your doctor about any supplements or medications you are taking for precise guidelines. Your medication may need to be changed and also monitored for any side effects.
Cost of Nizoral
The price of over the counter Nizoral shampoo is about $10 for a 4-ounce bottle or rather about $15- $16 for a 7-ounce bottle. The prescription-strength shampoo has a varying cost that depends on whether your insurance will cover your medication and the pharmacy where you will purchase it. Insurance does not cover most hair loss treatments.
There are various hair loss treatment options, but Nizoral shampoo is very effective for men and women who are looking for the best combination of medications to grow a thicker, more luxurious, and fuller head of hair.