Skip to Content

Medications for Dandruff

About Dandruff

Dandruff is an increase in the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp.

Drugs used to treat Dandruff

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
ketoconazole 7.1 8 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Brand names:  Nizoral Shampoo, Nizoral A-D, Nizoral Topical, Ketodan, Extina, Xolegel, Kuric …show all

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Nizoral Shampoo 7.0 2 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Nizoral A-D 10 1 review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

Nizoral Topical 1.0 1 review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

pyrithione zinc 5.0 3 reviews
OTC N N

Generic name: pyrithione zinc topical

Brand names:  Beta Med, Dermazinc, DermaZinc Shampoo, DHS Zinc, Zincon, Aveeno Nourish + Dandruff Control, Neutrogena T / Gel Daily Control, Selsun Blue Itchy Dry Scalp, Theraplex Z, ZNP Bar …show all

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, side effects

Ketodan Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Extina Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Xolegel Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Kuric Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

salicylic acid / sulfur 10 2 reviews
OTC N N

Generic name: salicylic acid / sulfur topical

Brand names:  Fostex Medicated, Fostex Medicated Cleansing Cream, Pernox, Sebulex, Meted, SAStid …show all

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

selenium sulfide Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: selenium sulfide topical

Brand names:  Dandrex, SelRx, Selsun Blue Medicated, Tersi Foam …show all

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

salicylic acid Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: salicylic acid topical

Drug class: topical acne agents, topical keratolytics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Beta Med Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: pyrithione zinc topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, side effects

Dermazinc Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: pyrithione zinc topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, side effects

Dandrex Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: selenium sulfide topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, side effects

DermaZinc Shampoo Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: pyrithione zinc topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, side effects

DHS Zinc Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: pyrithione zinc topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, side effects

Fostex Medicated Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: salicylic acid / sulfur topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Fostex Medicated Cleansing Cream Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: salicylic acid / sulfur topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Pernox Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: salicylic acid / sulfur topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Sebulex 10 1 review
OTC N N

Generic name: salicylic acid / sulfur topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Zincon Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: pyrithione zinc topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, side effects

Aveeno Nourish + Dandruff Control Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: pyrithione zinc topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, side effects

Meted Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: salicylic acid / sulfur topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Neutrogena T / Gel Daily Control Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: pyrithione zinc topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, side effects

Learn more about Dandruff

Symptoms and treatments

Mayo Clinic Reference

Legend

Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription Only.
OTC Over the Counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

Browse Treatment Options

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.