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User Reviews for Ketoconazole topical

Also known as: Nizoral Shampoo, Nizoral Topical, Extina, Nizoral A-D, Kuric, Xolegel, Ketodan

Ketoconazole topical has an average rating of 7.2 out of 10 from a total of 38 ratings on Drugs.com. 59% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 27% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Seborrheic Dermatitis  
7.8
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Dandruff  
7.4
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Tinea Corporis  
4.2
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Tinea Versicolor  
10.0
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Cutaneous Candidiasis  
10.0
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Tinea Cruris  
2.0
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Summary of Ketoconazole topical reviews 7.2 38 reviews

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Reviews for Ketoconazole topical

Anony · Taken for 5 to 10 years September 1, 2020

For Seborrheic Dermatitis: “I've had Seborrheic Dermatitis for several years; it would come and go intermittently, sometimes mild, sometimes severe. A combination of ketoconazole 2% (Nizoral) and OTC hydrocortisone cream 1% would usually keep it at bay. This most recent outbreak was the worst of all. I let it go too long before resuming use of the two creams. The condition flared up strongly in both ears and one eyebrow. It was so bad, the creams didn't seem to have much success. After a bit of reading online, I decided to swab vinegar on the affected areas twice daily, thinking the acetic acid would kill any fungal cells on or near the skin surface. Mildly painful (briefly) on cracked or inflamed skin, but holy cow--what a change! After about a week, all three outbreaks had significantly subsided. This gave the creams a chance to get to work and succeed. The last outbreak is almost gone, 6 months later.”

9 / 10
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nikatnite May 12, 2011

Nizoral Topical (ketoconazole) for Seborrheic Dermatitis: “Nizoral is purchased over the counter and is much cheaper than Cloborex. Most importantly, it works best for me as a shampoo. Cloborex, T-Gel, and Nizoral were all suggested by my dermatologist as options. I tried each for a month and went back to Nizoral. It's reliable and affordable. ”

10 / 10
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Nick · Taken for less than 1 month March 25, 2020

For Dandruff: “I absolutely recommend this ketoconazole shampoo for anybody struggling with dandruff. Honestly I was struggling getting out of the house I didn't wanna go out cause my dandruff got to be so bad. And I already struggle with bad anxiety. I do not like being out in public. So I got sick of my itchy scalp and dandruff and finally looked up a good dermatologist around my area. So I was asking my doctor for a referral and she actually recommended this shampoo to me. She told me how good it is. And so I gave it a try and already second day of using this I can see a huge improvement of my hair. No more dandruff or itchy scalp!! I am so shocked by this. I have tried so many dandruff shampoos and none of them ever worked for me. But this right here is a miracle!! I just recommend using a good moisturizing conditioner with it as it was a little drying to me. But other than that I Highly recommend this!:)”

10 / 10
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Celeste · Taken for less than 1 month October 23, 2018

For Seborrheic Dermatitis: “Ketoconazol has drastically helped my seborrheic dermatitis, even after just the first use. I have the shampoo for my scalp and cream for my face, and I’m sure with continued use my flakes & redness will completely gone soon. The shampoo was 8$ and cream was 15$ (generic) but after my insurance it was more like 4$ and 2$. I would definitely recommend giving it a try, it comes in many different forms as well.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous February 3, 2016

Xolegel (ketoconazole) for Seborrheic Dermatitis: “I received a Xologel perscription instead of my usual ketaconazole cream. I went to the local pharmacy and was shown a bill of $595. I laughed at the poor cashier, and said "no thanks". Called my dermatologist back and got a cream for $30. There is a program on their website where people can get the drug for only $10 on top of their co-pay if their insurance doesn't cover the drug. What this seems to imply, is that if your insurance won't pay, they will give it to you for what it is actually worth. A perfect example of the broken medical system and greed. The price of this drug has gone up over 400% in the last few years. Next time I see an Aqua box at my pharmacy it will be refused.”

1 / 10
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Hairyman · Taken for less than 1 month May 20, 2020

For Seborrheic Dermatitis: “Amazing medicine. Got the 2% ketoconazole cream which cleared severe seborrheic dermatitis on my eyebrows and nose, which was bothering me for many months, within a few days. Used low potency corticosteroid as well. Also got the 2% keto shampoo which took around 2 days to clear my chronic dandruff. No side effects. Head and Shoulders and Selsun Blue did nothing for me compared to this shampoo. Now using every other day for the hair growth properties and to prevent infection from coming back.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous April 25, 2015

Nizoral A-D (ketoconazole) for Dandruff: “I have been struggling with severe dandruff for a little over 2 years and I have tried everything. From head and shoulders to selsun blue to even going to the dermatologist for a long time. Nothing worked. I finally stopped going to the dermatologist because they didn't help me. I found reviews on nizoral and decided to try it. I've only used it twice now and it's already pretty much gone. Flaking is gone, itching is gone and I love it. I highly recommend it to anyone out there who is struggling with dandruff/scalp problems! It works miracles!”

10 / 10
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Lilly Hill March 11, 2018

Nizoral Shampoo (ketoconazole) for Dandruff: “I'm from UK. I suffer with dandruff every time I'm going through a stressful time. I tried many products and shampoos with little success. FinaIly I tried Nizoral shampoo which is an anti fungal preparation for dandruff. It worked brilliantly. That's when I realised my stress- induced dandruff flare- ups were caused by a fungus. Presumably, the stress was affecting my immune system and therefore I was getting an over- growth of the fungus on my scalp, every time I was going through a stressful period. The nizoral kills the fungus and the dandruff goes away until I go through a period of stress again when the dandruff comes back. But I use Nizoral again and away the dandruff goes again. Of course, the nizoral deals with the symptoms (i.e. dandruff) and not the cause (i.e. stress) but hey, it works on the dandruff so it does the job it's meant to do. The only down side, I find it a bit expensive for such a tiny bottle of shampoo.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous June 11, 2008

Xolegel (ketoconazole) for Seborrheic Dermatitis: “The itching and scaling went away after one day of using this treatment. I am very pleased with this drug. I just hope that my condition doesn't become immune to it as it did with all the other OTC treatments I've used.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous November 13, 2017

Xolegel (ketoconazole) for Tinea Corporis: “Rash under my fat roll on stomach, yep you heard me correctly, That large inner tube that flops over. This is great medication however It burns sooo bad I thought I would SCREAM. I may have, it is a blinding pain. I had to google it to see if others felt the same way. Your skin numbs and you do feel better. It takes the rash away every time I use it. So get it, use it and watch the rash disappear”

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itchysouseteatreeoil December 30, 2015

For Seborrheic Dermatitis: “Nizoral was the best shampoo on the market in relieving all the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis on the market. It was not cheap but relieved the itching, burning, pain, flaking and the smell associated with this scalp, ear and face skin condition. I am sure it is even more expensive with a prescription now. I had no side effects and used it for many years. Seborrheic dermatitis is not contagious but is passed down in the genes. My son is wondering why it was removed from the market also as he never had side effects after using it for years stating this was the best shampoo on the market very dissatisfied. I believe this is just another money thing in the USA.”

10 / 10
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lisahutch57 · Taken for less than 1 month March 16, 2017

Xolegel (ketoconazole) for Seborrheic Dermatitis: “This is a wonderful medicine. It worked really well on the most stubborn fungal infection I've ever had. I had tried everything on the market and nothing would work until this. I'm not going to lie, this stuff burns like crazy. You will scream and cry because it burns that bad for about 10 minutes. Stick with it and you will get rid of the infection. After about the 4th day it quit burning when I used it - and finally, I got rid of the infection. It's expensive even with insurance but well worth the cost. They gave me a coupon to use and it brought the cost down to about $35.”

10 / 10
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Katyann September 26, 2015

For Seborrheic Dermatitis: “I was told had severe seborreic dermatitis. Was told to use it for two months with another cream. Used it 3 days no difference. Dermitis is diaper rash. So I am trying a diaper rash treatment from a drug store. Only used 1 day and it's 45% better. Going to give it a try. Will report back later.”

2 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month March 14, 2017

Xolegel (ketoconazole) for Seborrheic Dermatitis: “After four months of thinking I had chronic dry skin on my face, I saw a dermatologist who diagnosed me with seborrheic dermatitis. He gave me a prescription for Xolegel. It is VERY expensive at over $800/tube, but my insurance brought it down to $100 and then a discount card from the manufacturer brought it down to only $10. In three days, the redness and scaling on my face were gone. I can't imagine not having this medication.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous April 5, 2010

Xolegel (ketoconazole) for Seborrheic Dermatitis: “The symptoms were improved, but not to the extent mentioned by other reviewers of this product. The gel was prescribed for use twice a day but at the end of each day had redness, itching, and scaling again.”

5 / 10
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coloresue November 8, 2015

Xolegel (ketoconazole) for Cutaneous Candidiasis: “The 1st application of Xelogel burned so badly I couldn't help making pain-filled noises. What I really wanted to do was scream. I wish my Dr. had warned me. But my rash improved and each day it hurt less to apply the gel. It was amazing to see how quickly the rash disappeared.”

10 / 10
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luckyladysmom · Taken for 5 to 10 years November 14, 2017

Nizoral Shampoo (ketoconazole) for Dandruff: “I used Nizoral for about 8 years. It was excellent for eliminating dandruff which was a bad problem. But about one year ago I started having severe itching on my upper back and upper front (chest) area. It was complete itching so severe that benadryl ointment (over the counter) for poison ivy relief and similar products were needed to calm the itchiness. Crazy itchiness! My dermatologist gave me steroid creams for the itching and I requested a biopsy to find out more. Inflammation showed. I decided to quit using Nizoral and finally the itching went away mostly. I use baby shampoo now followed by Head and Shoulders shampoo. So far so good. Be warned that you might develop an allergy to Nizoral or the generic years later.”

5 / 10
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amyzee · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 16, 2017

For Seborrheic Dermatitis: “I had a very oily Itchy scalp that was covered in yellow gunk that Shampoo would not remove. I tried nizoral which was fantastic at shifting the gunk and oil but four months later has done nothing for the itching. So I don't really know if it's seborrheic dermatitis anymore....!! It's slowly losing its effectiveness as times gone on. I don't think that Shampoo alone will fix any scalp condition, it's a holistic whole body approach that's needed.”

6 / 10
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Jinx · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 17, 2019

For Tinea Corporis: “So I'm using Ketoconazole cream for my ringworm rash on my foot and ankle, the first day was great, the second not so much. My foot has gotten better but I'm very sick, I have had fevers, headaches, and severe hives all over my entire body... I'm glad it's working well, but the side effects are a pain.. Literally.”

7 / 10
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Floringo2007 December 2, 2020

For Tinea Corporis: “I had a very negative reaction to the 2% cream. Within 3 hours of the first application, the skin on my forehead, cheeks, ears, and neck turned red and I felt a slight burning sensation. After 8 hours, the skin turned EXTREMELY red and the burning sensation was a bit worse. I stopped applying the cream the next day, but on that day, the skin became very dry and started flaking. On the following day, the skin's flakiness worsened and there were quite a few larger flakes, e.g. 1/4 inch x 1/4 inch and 1/4 inch x 1/2 inch flakes. I washing my skin repeatedly, applied fluocinonide .05% (which I was applying on my skin on other parts of my body), and within 2 days, the irritation and flakiness stopped. My dermatologist believes I may have had an allergic reaction to other components in the cream because I had not had a reaction like this with my Ketoconazole 2% shampoo which I had been using for 3 months.”

1 / 10
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Pop Pop March 16, 2010

For Tinea Corporis: “Significant adverse drug reaction from use of Ketoconazole Cream 2 %. Package insert did not seem to suggest or identify other oral medications with which this drug might have a negative interaction.”

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Dr Bill Misner PhD November 19, 2009

“Ingested internally small amount of ketoconazole cream on gums from lips application for herpes sore at the corner of mouth. Severe facial edema, itching, redness, descript of hives resulted. I administered epipen injection which relieved the reaction for 2-hours, but then symptoms returned requiring a course of prednisone to resolve. DO NOT ingest ketoconazole internally as this may result in an anaphylaxis event for predisposed individuals. EXTERNAL USE ONLY.”

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T · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 24, 2021

For Seborrheic Dermatitis: “Ketoconazole shampoo works great for my seborrheic dermatitis. It significantly reduced the frequency and the amount of dry skin that was flaking off my scalp and face. Very happy that I found something that works this well. Would definitely recommend giving it a try if you have seborrheic dermatitis.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month July 5, 2021

For Dandruff: “I never knew my dandruff will go away until my pharmacist suggested I use ketoderm gel. Less than a month no more flaking and itching. Please if a ketoderm hair oil could come up that would be super great. The hair gets too dry after shampooing.”

10 / 10
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Ricki lynn · Taken for 1 to 2 years March 14, 2017

For Dandruff: “I used this shampoo and cream for 2 years now , what a great job it does for my face and my scalp ! My only problem is I have very long hair so they need to make bigger bottles because it takes a little more to get to my scalp ! As for the cream on my face it worked great at first but now I can tell it's not working as good but it still helps.Great product !”

10 / 10
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