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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Nizoral® 2% Cream
(Ketoconazole)
The name of your medicine is Nizoral 2% Cream but will be referred to as Nizoral Cream throughout this
leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
• Please keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if
their signs of illness are the same as yours
• If you get side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed
in this leaflet. See section 4.
In this leaflet:
1. What Nizoral Cream is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Nizoral Cream
3. How to use Nizoral Cream
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Nizoral Cream
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT NIZORAL CREAM IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Nizoral Cream contains a medicine called ketoconazole. This belongs to a group of medicines called
‘antifungals’.
Nizoral Cream is used for fungal and yeast infections of the skin in adults.
Infections may appear on the:
• Trunk, chest or back
• Hands or feet
• Scalp or face
• Groin or genitals
Nizoral Cream works by killing the fungus that causes the infection.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU USE NIZORAL CREAM
Do not use Nizoral Cream:
• if you are allergic to anything in Nizoral Cream (listed in section 6 below)
• For eye infections
Do not use this medicine if the above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist
before using Nizoral Cream.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine:
• If you have recently used a cream, ointment or lotion on your skin infection that contains a steroid:
• You should continue to apply a mild steroid (such as hydrocortisone) cream, ointment or lotion in the
morning whilst applying Nizoral Cream in the evening. The mild steroid treatment can then be gradually
stopped over a period of 2-3 weeks.
If you have any questions about stopping your steroid cream, ointment or lotion, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.
Children and adolescents
Nizoral Cream is not recommended for use in children under 18 years of age.
Other medicines and Nizoral Cream
Nizoral Cream does not normally react with other medicines. However, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you
are taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes medicines that you buy without a
prescription or herbal medicines.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Nizoral Cream can be used if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
Nizoral Cream is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or machines.
Nizoral Cream contains propylene glycol
This may cause skin irritation
Nizoral Cream contains cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol
These may cause skin reactions such as contact dermatitis
3. HOW TO USE NIZORAL CREAM
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
How often you should use Nizoral Cream
This will depend on the type of infection and how serious it is. Your doctor will tell you how often to use
Nizoral Cream and for how long.
The recommended dose is:
• Once or twice each day for 1 to 4 weeks
Do not use the cream more often than your doctor has told you.
Preparing your skin
• Wash the infected skin and dry it well
Using Nizoral Cream
• Each tube of Nizoral Cream is sealed. You will need to use the cap to pierce the seal
• Rub the cream gently into the affected area and surrounding skin with clean fingers
• Do not put Nizoral Cream in the eyes

Personal hygiene
• Unless the affected skin is on your hands, wash your hands with soap and water after using the cream
• Washing your hands after using the cream will stop you spreading the infection to other parts of your
body or to other people
• Do not allow other people to use your flannel or towel. This will stop them from getting your infection
• Clothing that touches infected skin should be washed and changed often. Nizoral Cream is non-greasy
and should not stain clothes
If you stop using Nizoral Cream
Keep using the cream for several days after all the symptoms have gone away. This will stop the symptoms
from coming back.
If your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks, talk to your doctor.
If you swallow Nizoral Cream
If you swallow any cream, tell your doctor straight away.
If you use Nizoral Cream more often than you should
If you use Nizoral Cream more often than you should, it many cause some burning sensation, redness or
swelling. If this occurs, stop using Nizoral Cream straight away.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop using Nizoral Cream and tell your doctor straight away if you notice or suspect any of the
following. You may need urgent medical treatment.
• Severe irritation or reddening of the skin where the cream has been used, or other signs of allergy during
the first few days of treatment. This can affect fewer than 1 in 10 people
• Peeling or blistering of the skin. This can affect fewer than 1 in 100 people
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice or suspect any of the following side effects:
Common side effects (affects fewer than 1 in 10 people)
• Burning sensation
Uncommon side effects (affects fewer than 1 in 100 people)
• Problems where the cream has been used such as:
− Bleeding
− Discomfort
− Dryness
− Inflammation (contact dermatitis)
− Tingling
• Rash, hives (also known as nettle rash or urticaria)
• Sticky skin
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not
listed on this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE NIZORAL CREAM
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label. The expiry date refers to the last
day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw
away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Nizoral Cream contains
The active substance is ketoconazole. Each gram (g) of cream contains 20 milligrams (mg) of
ketoconazole (2 % w/w).
The other ingredients are: purified water, propylene glycol, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, sorbitan
monostearate, polysorbate 60, polysorbate 80, sodium sulphite anhydrous (E221) and isopropyl myristate.
What Nizoral Cream looks like and the contents of the pack
Aluminium tube containing 15g of white cream.
Manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, Turnhoutseweg 30, B-2340 Beerse, Belgium and procured
from within the EU and repackaged in the UK by the Parallel Import Product Licence holder: CD Pharma
Ltd, Unit 3, Manor Point, Manor Way, Borehamwood, Herts. WD6 1EE.
Nizoral 2% Cream

PL: 20492/0597

POM

Blind or partially sighted? Is this leaflet hard to see or
read?
Call 020 8236 3190 to obtain a leaflet in a format
suitable for you.
Date of Preparation: 09th February 2018
Nizoral is a registered trademark.

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Ketoconazole 2% Cream
(Ketoconazole)
The name of your medicine is Ketoconazole 2% Cream but will be referred to as Ketoconazole Cream
throughout this leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
• Please keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if
their signs of illness are the same as yours
• If you get side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed
in this leaflet. See section 4.
In this leaflet:
1. What Ketoconazole Cream is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Ketoconazole Cream
3. How to use Ketoconazole Cream
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Ketoconazole Cream
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT KETOCONAZOLE CREAM IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Ketoconazole Cream contains a medicine called ketoconazole. This belongs to a group of medicines called
‘antifungals’.
Ketoconazole Cream is used for fungal and yeast infections of the skin in adults.
Infections may appear on the:
• Trunk, chest or back
• Hands or feet
• Scalp or face
• Groin or genitals
Ketoconazole Cream works by killing the fungus that causes the infection.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU USE KETOCONAZOLE CREAM
Do not use Ketoconazole Cream:
• if you are allergic to anything in Ketoconazole Cream (listed in section 6 below)
• For eye infections
Do not use this medicine if the above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist
before using Ketoconazole Cream.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine:
• If you have recently used a cream, ointment or lotion on your skin infection that contains a steroid:
• You should continue to apply a mild steroid (such as hydrocortisone) cream, ointment or lotion in the
morning whilst applying Ketoconazole Cream in the evening. The mild steroid treatment can then be
gradually stopped over a period of 2-3 weeks.
If you have any questions about stopping your steroid cream, ointment or lotion, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.
Children and adolescents
Ketoconazole Cream is not recommended for use in children under 18 years of age.
Other medicines and Ketoconazole Cream
Ketoconazole Cream does not normally react with other medicines. However, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes medicines that you buy without
a prescription or herbal medicines.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ketoconazole Cream can be used if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
Ketoconazole Cream is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or machines.
Ketoconazole Cream contains propylene glycol
This may cause skin irritation
Ketoconazole Cream contains cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol
These may cause skin reactions such as contact dermatitis
3. HOW TO USE KETOCONAZOLE CREAM
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
How often you should use Ketoconazole Cream
This will depend on the type of infection and how serious it is. Your doctor will tell you how often to use
Ketoconazole Cream and for how long.
The recommended dose is:
• Once or twice each day for 1 to 4 weeks
Do not use the cream more often than your doctor has told you.
Preparing your skin
• Wash the infected skin and dry it well
Using Ketoconazole Cream
• Each tube of Ketoconazole Cream is sealed. You will need to use the cap to pierce the seal
• Rub the cream gently into the affected area and surrounding skin with clean fingers
• Do not put Ketoconazole Cream in the eyes

Personal hygiene
• Unless the affected skin is on your hands, wash your hands with soap and water after using the cream
• Washing your hands after using the cream will stop you spreading the infection to other parts of your
body or to other people
• Do not allow other people to use your flannel or towel. This will stop them from getting your infection
• Clothing that touches infected skin should be washed and changed often. Ketoconazole Cream is nongreasy and should not stain clothes
If you stop using Ketoconazole Cream
Keep using the cream for several days after all the symptoms have gone away. This will stop the symptoms
from coming back.
If your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks, talk to your doctor.
If you swallow Ketoconazole Cream
If you swallow any cream, tell your doctor straight away.
If you use Ketoconazole Cream more often than you should
If you use Ketoconazole Cream more often than you should, it many cause some burning sensation,
redness or swelling. If this occurs, stop using Ketoconazole Cream straight away.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop using Ketoconazole Cream and tell your doctor straight away if you notice or suspect any of
the following. You may need urgent medical treatment.
• Severe irritation or reddening of the skin where the cream has been used, or other signs of allergy during
the first few days of treatment. This can affect fewer than 1 in 10 people
• Peeling or blistering of the skin. This can affect fewer than 1 in 100 people
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice or suspect any of the following side effects:
Common side effects (affects fewer than 1 in 10 people)
• Burning sensation
Uncommon side effects (affects fewer than 1 in 100 people)
• Problems where the cream has been used such as:
− Bleeding
− Discomfort
− Dryness
− Inflammation (contact dermatitis)
− Tingling
• Rash, hives (also known as nettle rash or urticaria)
• Sticky skin
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not
listed on this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE KETOCONAZOLE CREAM
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label. The expiry date refers to the last
day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw
away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Ketoconazole Cream contains
The active substance is ketoconazole. Each gram (g) of cream contains 20 milligrams (mg) of
ketoconazole (2 % w/w).
The other ingredients are: purified water, propylene glycol, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, sorbitan
monostearate, polysorbate 60, polysorbate 80, sodium sulphite anhydrous (E221) and isopropyl myristate.
What Ketoconazole Cream looks like and the contents of the pack
Aluminium tube containing 15g of white cream.
Manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, Turnhoutseweg 30, B-2340 Beerse, Belgium and procured
from within the EU and repackaged in the UK by the Parallel Import Product Licence holder: CD Pharma
Ltd, Unit 3, Manor Point, Manor Way, Borehamwood, Herts. WD6 1EE.
Ketoconazole 2% Cream

PL: 20492/0597

POM

Blind or partially sighted? Is this leaflet hard to see or
read?
Call 020 8236 3190 to obtain a leaflet in a format
suitable for you.
Date of Preparation: 09th February 2018

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