Nizoral Cream Ketoconazole 2%, 15G

Treatment for Fungal Infections

Suitable In Adults Only

Suitable In pregnancy

Do not use with Steroid Cream at the site of Infection


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Nizoral Cream Ketoconazole 2%, 15G

What is Nizoral cream?

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.  It tackles the cause of infection and helps to provide long-lasting protection from returning fungi or yeast which cause infections.

How does Nizoral Cream Work?

Nizoral cream contains the active ingredient ketoconazole, which works to destroy the fungi and yeast which cause skin infections such as athlete’s foot. By destroying these fungi, Nizoral cream helps to treat the infection while protecting against further infections.

How to use Nizoral Cream

How often you should use Nizoral cream
Your doctor will tell you how often to use Nizoral cream and for how long. The recommended dose is:
• For skin infections of the trunk, groin, feet and hands, apply Nizoral cream to the affected and immediate surrounding area once or twice a day. Your doctor will tell you how often to use it and for how long.
• For skin infections with reddish-brown patches and yellow or white scaling (seborrheic dermatitis), apply Nizoral Cream once or twice a day. Skin infections will usually get better after 2 to 4 weeks

Depending on the type of infection, treatment may last 2 to 6 weeks

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 from 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’re using any other creams, ointments or lotions on the same area of skin, do not put them on at the same time as ketoconazole cream. After putting on the ketoconazole cream, wait 30 minutes before you use different products on the same area. This gives the ketoconazole time to be absorbed into your skin.

Possible Side Effects of Nizoral Cream

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

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


The active substance is ketoconazole. Each gram (g) of cream contains 20 milligrams (mg) of ketoconazole (2 % w/w).


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 steroids:
• 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.

Keep away from the reach of children.


If you have a fungal skin infection, these tips may help:

  • always wash your hands after treating the infection to stop it from spreading
  • do not scratch the area with the infection, as this can make the infection worse
  • keep the affected areas of your skin clean and dry
  • do not share towels, bedsheets or combs with other people as you could spread the infection to them
  • wash towels and bedding regularly


There are many different antifungal medicines. Some are available to buy from a pharmacy, and others are available on prescription.

They can come as creams, gels, sprays, tablets, capsules, and liquid.

Your doctor or a pharmacist will be able to recommend the best treatment for you, based on your condition.

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