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Examining The Hair Re-Growth Claims Of Nizoral Shampoo

Updated on March 20, 2011

Nizoral Shampoo Has Relatively Minor Clinical Proof In Treating Alopecia

Nizoral shampoo has been clinically proven only to a relatively minor extent to be beneficial in the case of hair loss through alopecia. A 1998 study showed that Nizoral shampoo has an efficacy in preventing and reversing hair loss that is similar to that of Minoxidil (brand name Rogaine) when applied at the same 2% concentration as standard Rogaine. Both Rogaine and Nizoral shampoo showed similar increases in hair thickness and the number of hair follicles on the scalp.

Nizoral Shampoo Has Not Received FDA Approval As A Hair Loss Remedy

The problem is that rigorous studies on a large sampling of men has not yet been performed with Nizoral shampoo's active ingredient of Ketoconazole. 

Nizoral Shampoo 2% 100ml
Nizoral Shampoo 2% 100ml

This substance is generally prescribed for topical infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, candidiasis (thrush or yeast infection), and jock itch. Ketoconazole is also prescribed to treat eumycetoma, the fungal type of mycetoma. The OTC (over the counter) version of the Ketoconazole shampoo version can also be applied as a body wash as a remedy of tinea versicolor.

The problem with the hair loss claims is that Nizoral shampoo has not received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval as a hair loss therapy, thus can only be marketed as a remedy for excessive dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp.

Nizoral Shampoo 2% label showing the instructions.
Nizoral Shampoo 2% label showing the instructions.

Thousands Of People Believe Nizoral Shampoo Can Reverse Hair Loss

While mainstream salon brands like Paul Mitchell shampoo and many brands of organic shampoo have captured considerable market share, hair loss shampoo is a swiftly growing segment which caters to the public who is seeking hair loss treatments through hair growth products . This form of hair growth product has to be carefully scrutinized to determine that it does have clinical efficacy.

Nizoral shampoos have become extremely popular among individuals who want to take exceptional care of their scalp and hair. Although it is known primarily as Nizoral anti dandruff shampoo, there are substantiated claims that the Nizoral ketoconazole shampoo and Nizoral 2 shampoo contain special Nizoral shampoo ingredients which allow it to act as a Nizoral antifungal shampoo as well as the generally known efficacy of the Nizoral dandruff shampoo.

There are still the various claims for Nizoral hair loss shampoo, and there are many thousands of people that consider the Nizoral shampoo hairloss products but there is still not enough evidence to convince the FDA.

Nizoral Shampoo 1% 100ml
Nizoral Shampoo 1% 100ml

Rogaine Or Nizoral Shampoo?

 Is Ketoconazole a valid substance to treat hair loss? The jury is still out. You will certainly have no problem at all finding brick and mortar local pharmacies and a vast variety of online web based etailer pharmacies who will be more than happy to take your money in exchange for an order of Nizoral shampoo under the unproven expectation that it will be effective against alopecia.

The bottom line unfortunately has to be that until the FDA formally agrees that it is a suitable treatment, there is no point investing in Nizoral shampoo as an alopecia therapy. Once again, the best thing that you can do is to stick to the clinically proven and formally approved Rogaine formulations, especially the Rogaine Extra Strength Topical Solution which has been proven can outperform the conventional Rogaine Minoxidil 2% solution by up to 90%, especially in accelerating the growth of hair in the frontal scalp region.

Nizoral Commercial

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      johns 3 years ago

      it can be bought otc but a stonger version you have to have prescribed.

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      Anthony 4 years ago

      Does this shampoo have to be prescribed or can you buy it at the store