Nizoral is an antifungal drug. Nizoral is prescribed to treat certain kinds of fungal or yeast infections.
Nizoral is prescribed to treat fungal infections.
Nizoral is in a class of antifungals called imidazoles.
Nizoral is prescribed to treat fungal infections of the skin or nails that cannot be treated with other drugs.
Nizoral is most often prescribed to treat fungal infections that can spread to different parts of the body through the bloodstream such as yeast infections of the mouth, skin, urinary tract, and blood, and certain fungal infections that begin on the skin or in the lungs and can spread through the body.
Nizoral works by slowing the growth of fungi that cause infection.
Nizoral is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- An alcohol abuse problem;
- Low stomach acid production;
- Liver disease;
- An unusual or allergic reaction to Nizoral, itraconazole, miconazole, other drugs, foods, dyes or preservatives;
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Nizoral, other antifungal medications such as fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporonox), or voriconazole (Vfend) any other medications or corn.
- Do not take Nizoral if you are taking any of the medications listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section or triazolam (Halcion).
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what other script and nonscript medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Be sure to mention the medications listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section and any of the following: alprazolam (Xanax) anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin) buspirone (Buspar) calcium channel blockers such as amlodipine (Norvasc), diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac), felodipine (Plendil), nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia), nisoldipine (Sular),and verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan)clarithromycin (Biaxin) cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune) diazepam (Valium) digoxin (Lanoxin) erythromycin (E.E.S., E-Mycin, Erythrocin) HIV protease inhibitors such as indinavir (Crixivan), ritonavir (Norvir), and saquinavir (Invirase, Fortovase) loratadine (Claritin) medications for diabetes medications for erectile dysfunction such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis) and vardenafil (Levitra) methadone (Dolophine) methylprednisolone (Medrol) midazolam (Versed) phenytoin (Dilantin) pimozide (Orap) quinidine (Quinidex, Quinaglute) quinine tacrolimus (Prograf) tamoxifen (Nolvadex) telithromycin (Ketek) trazodone (Desyrel) and vincristine (Vincasar). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- If you are taking antacids antihistamines medications for heartburn or ulcers such as cimetidine (Tagamet), famotidine (Pepcid), nizatadine (Axid), or ranitidine (Zantac) or medications for irritable bowel disease, motion sickness, Parkinson's disease, ulcers, or urinary problems, take them 2 hours after you take Nizoral.
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had the conditions mentioned in the IMPORTANT WARNING section or any condition that decreases the amount of acid in your stomach.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking Nizoral, call your doctor. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Nizoral.
Do not take Nizoral with any of the following drugs:
- Ergotamine, dihydroergotamine or methysergide;
- Drugs for high cholesterol like atorvastatin;
- Some drugs for anxiety or difficulty sleeping like alprazolam, midazolam or triazolam;
- Red yeast rice;
- Atropine and related drugs like hyoscyamine, scopolamine, tolterodine and others;
- Hormones like methylprednisolone or cortisone;
- Drugs for blood sugar;
- Drugs for stomach acid or heartburn;
Nizoral side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue;
- Dark urine;
- Feeling dizzy, faint;
- Irregular heartbeat, chest pain;
- Light color stools;
- Loss of appetite;
- Usually tired or weak;
- Yellowing of the eyes or skin;
- Breast swelling and tenderness;
- Change in sex drive or performance;
- Eyes more sensitive to light;
- Nausea, vomiting;
- Stomach pain;
The recommended starting dose of Nizoral is a single daily dose of 200 mg (1 tablet).
In very serious infections, or if the problem does not clear up within the expected time, the dose of Nizoral may be increased to 400 mg (2 tablets) once daily. Treatment lasts at least 1 to 2 weeks, and for some infections much longer.
In small numbers of children over 2 years of age, a single daily dose of 3.3 to 6.6 mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight has been used.
Nizoral has not been studied in children under 2 years of age.