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Nizoral 2% cream
Ketoconazole 2% w/w (each gram of cream contains 20 mg).
Excipient(s) with known effect:
This medicine contains:
200 mg propylene glycol in each gram cream,
75 mg stearyl alcohol in each gram cream,
20 mg cetyl alcohol in each gram cream.
For a full list of excipients, see 6.1.
For topical application in the treatment of dermatophyte infections of the skin such as tinea corporis, tinea cruris, tinea manus and tinea pedis infections due to Trichophyton spp, Microsporon spp and Epidermophyton spp. Nizoral 2% cream is also indicated for the treatment of cutaneous candidosis (including vulvitis), tinea (pityriasis) versicolor and seborrhoeic dermatitis caused by Malassezia (previously called Pityrosporum) spp.
Ketoconazole cream is for use in adults.
Cutaneous candidosis, tinea corporis, tinea cruris, tinea manus, tinea pedis and tinea (pityriasis) versicolor:
It is recommended that Nizoral 2% cream be applied once or twice daily to cover the affected and immediate surrounding area.
The usual duration of treatment is: tinea versicolor 2–3 weeks, yeast infections 2-3 weeks, tinea cruris 2-4 weeks, tinea corporis 3–4 weeks, tinea pedis 4-6 weeks.
Nizoral 2% cream should be applied to the affected areas once or twice daily.
The usual initial duration of treatment in seborrheic dermatitis is 2 to 4 weeks. Maintenance therapy can be applied intermittently (once weekly) in seborrheic dermatitis.
Treatment should be continued until a few days after the disappearance of all symptoms. The diagnosis should be reconsidered if no clinical improvement is noted after 4 weeks of treatment. General measures in regard to hygiene should be observed to control sources of infection or reinfection.
Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a chronic condition and relapse is highly likely.
Method of administration: Cutaneous administration.
The safety and efficacy of Nizoral 2% cream in children (17 years of age and younger) has not been established.
Nizoral 2% cream is contra-indicated in patients with a known hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients or to ketoconazole itself.
Nizoral 2% cream is not for ophthalmic use.
If coadministered with a topical corticosteroid, to prevent a rebound effect after stopping a prolonged treatment with topical corticosteroids it is recommended to continue applying a mild topical corticosteroid in the morning and to apply Nizoral 2% cream in the evening, and to subsequently and gradually withdraw the topical corticosteroid therapy over a period of 2-3 weeks.
Nizoral cream contains 6000 mg propylene glycol in each 30 g tube, which is equivalent to 200 mg/g.
Nizoral cream contains cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol, which may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).
No interaction studies have been performed.
There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant or lactating women. Data on a limited number of exposed pregnancies indicate no adverse effects of topical ketoconazole on pregnancy or on the health of the foetus/newborn child. Animal studies have shown reproductive toxicity at doses that are not relevant to the topical administration of ketoconazole.
Plasma concentrations of ketoconazole are not detectable after topical application of Nizoral 2% Cream to the skin of non-pregnant humans. (See Pharmacokinetic properties, section 5.2) There are no known risks associated with the use of Nizoral 2% Cream in pregnancy or lactation.
Nizoral 2% cream has no influence on the ability to drive and use machines.
The safety of ketoconazole cream was evaluated in 1079 subjects who participated in 30 clinical trials. Ketoconazole cream was applied topically to the skin. Based on pooled safety data from these clinical trials, the most commonly reported (≥1% incidence) adverse reactions were (with % incidence): application site pruritus (2%), skin burning sensation (1.9%), and application site erythema (1%).
Including the above-mentioned adverse reactions, the following table displays adverse reactions that have been reported with the use of ketoconazole cream from either clinical trial or postmarketing experiences. The displayed frequency categories use the following convention:
Very common (≥1/10)
Common (≥1/100 to <1/10)
Uncommon (≥1/1,000 to <1/100)
Rare (≥1/10,000 to <1/1,000)
Very rare (<1/10,000)
Not Known (cannot be estimated from the available clinical trial data).
System Organ Class
(≥1/100 to <1/10)
(≥1/1,000 to <1/100)
Immune System Disorders
Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders
Skin burning sensation
General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions
Application site erythema
Application site pruritus
Application site bleeding
Application site discomfort
Application site dryness
Application site inflammation
Application site irritation
Application site paresthesia
Application site reaction
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via:
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Excessive topical application may lead to erythema, oedema and a burning sensation, which will disappear upon discontinuation of the treatment.
In the event of accidental ingestion, supportive and symptomatic measures should be carried out.
Pharmacotherapeutic group: Antifungals for Topical Use, Imidazole and triazole derivatives
ATC Code: D01AC08
Usually ketoconazole cream acts rapidly on pruritus, which is commonly seen in dermatophyte and yeast infections, as well as skin conditions associated with the presence of Malassezia spp. This symptomatic improvement is observed before the first signs of healing are observed.
Ketoconazole, a synthetic imidazole dioxolane derivative, has a potent antimycotic activity against dermatophytes such as Trichophyton spp., Epidermophyton floccosum and Microsporum spp. and against yeasts, including Malassezia spp. and Candida spp. The effect on Malassezia spp. is particularly pronounced.
A study in 250 patients has shown that application twice daily for 7 days of ketoconazole 2% cream vs clotrimazole 1% cream for 4 weeks on both feet demonstrated efficacy in patients with tinea pedis (athlete's foot) presenting lesions between the toes. The primary efficacy endpoint was negative microscopic KOH examination at 4 weeks. Ketoconazole 2% treatment showed equivalent efficacy to 4 weeks clotrimazole 1% treatment. There was no evidence of relapse following treatment with ketoconazole cream at 8 weeks.
Plasma concentrations of ketoconazole were not detectable after topical administration of Nizoral 2% Cream in adults on the skin. In one study in infants with seborrhoeic dermatitis (n = 19), where approximately 40 g of Nizoral 2% cream was applied daily on 40% of the body surface area, plasma levels of ketoconazole were detected in 5 infants, ranging from 32 to 133 ng/mL.
Effects in non-clinical studies were observed only at exposures considered sufficiently in excess of the maximum human exposure indicating little relevance to clinical use.
Sodium Sulphite Anhydrous (E221)
Water purified (Ph. Eur)
Do not store above 25°C.
Tube made of 99.7% aluminum, lined on inner side with heat polymerised epoxyphenol resin with a latex coldseal ring at the end of the tube. The cap is made of 60% polypropylene, 30% calcium carbonate and 10% glyceryl monostearate.
Tube of 30g.
No special requirements
50-100 Holmers Farm Way
Date of first authorization: 02 December 1983
Renewed 3 December 2002
30 March 2021