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Medications for Dandruff

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

Medications to treat Dandruff

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

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
ketoconazole C N 4 reviews
8.0

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

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

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

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

 
Nizoral A-D C N 1 review
10

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

 
Nizoral Topical C N Add review Rate

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

 
pyrithione zinc N N 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: pyrithione zinc topical

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

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: side effects

 
Ketodan C N Add review Rate

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Beta Med N N Add review Rate

Generic name: pyrithione zinc topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: side effects

 
Carmol Scalp C N Add review Rate

Generic name: sulfacetamide sodium / urea topical

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, side effects

 
Dermazinc N N Add review Rate

Generic name: pyrithione zinc topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: side effects

 
Extina C N Add review Rate

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Xolegel C N Add review Rate

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
DermaZinc Shampoo N N Add review Rate

Generic name: pyrithione zinc topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: side effects

 
Nizoral Shampoo C N Add review Rate

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
salicylic acid / sulfur N N 2 reviews
10

Generic name: salicylic acid / sulfur topical

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

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: interactions, side effects

 
sulfacetamide sodium / urea C N Add review Rate

Generic name: sulfacetamide sodium / urea topical

Brand names:  Carmol Scalp, Carmol Scalp Treatment Kit, Rosula NS

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, side effects

 
Carmol Scalp Treatment Kit C N Add review Rate

Generic name: sulfacetamide sodium / urea topical

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, side effects

 
Kuric C N Add review Rate

Generic name: ketoconazole topical

Drug class: topical antifungals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

 
Sebulex N N 1 review
10

Generic name: salicylic acid / sulfur topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: interactions, side effects

 
DHS Zinc N N Add review Rate

Generic name: pyrithione zinc topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: side effects

 
Zincon N N Add review Rate

Generic name: pyrithione zinc topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: side effects

 
Pernox N N Add review Rate

Generic name: salicylic acid / sulfur topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: interactions, side effects

 
Fostex Medicated N N Add review Rate

Generic name: salicylic acid / sulfur topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: interactions, side effects

 
Fostex Medicated Cleansing Cream N N Add review Rate

Generic name: salicylic acid / sulfur topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: interactions, side effects

 
Rosula NS C N Add review Rate

Generic name: sulfacetamide sodium / urea topical

Drug class: topical antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, side effects

 
SAStid N N Add review Rate

Generic name: salicylic acid / sulfur topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: interactions, side effects

 
Meted N N Add review Rate

Generic name: salicylic acid / sulfur topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: interactions, side effects

 
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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
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 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.

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