Ketoconazole for Hair Loss

Nizoral shampoo is one of the best known shampoos for treating dandruff but it is also one of the most popular aids when treating hair loss alongside Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil). The reason for its popularity with hair loss sufferers is twofold. In the first place it is because many topical products contain chemical components that are aggressive to the scalp and cause its irritation and dandruff. Secondly, it is due to the fact that ketoconazole, the main active ingredient of Nizoral shampoo, has been shown in some smaller studies to be as effective in promoting new hair growth as 2% solution of minoxidil (Rogaine for women). However, further research would be needed in order to establish the right dosage and a form of application.

Since ketoconazole is only available in the form of shampoo, it is being washed down after about 5 minutes of application. Although it is known that ketoconazole then continues working in the scalp for several hours after washing the shampoo down, it is impossible to say at the moment whether it is enough to grow you new hair or not.

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