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What is Loprox Shampoo (Ciclopirox) prescribed for?

Seborrheic Dermatitis is a common skin disease that causes an itchy rash with flaky scales. It causes redness on light skin and light patches on darker skin. It’s also called dandruff, cradle cap, seborrhea, seborrheic eczema, and seborrheic psoriasis. It may look similar to eczema or an allergic reaction. And it usually happens on your scalp. But it can actually happen anywhere on your body.

A fungal infection, also called mycosis, is a skin disease caused by a fungus. There are literally millions of species of bacteria. They live in the dirt, on plants, on household surfaces and even on your skin. And sometimes it can lead to skin problems like rashes or bumps.

This medication is a treatment for fungal skin infections. The shampoo is meant to treat a scalp condition, known as seborrheic dermatitis.  Overall, this medication works by stopping the growth of the fungus.

This medication is to be applied to the scalp and hair only. Before use, wet the hair and the scalp. Apply about one teaspoons worth of this product and massage it all over your scalp until it forms a lather. Leave the medication on the scalp and in the hair for about 3 minutes. Then rinse the medication off completely.

Do not apply this medication in the eyes, nose or mouth or inside the vagina. If you do get this medication in these areas, make sure to flush thoroughly with plenty of water.


Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Ciclopirox; or to any other medications or allergies in general.

Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform you doctor if you have had any serious health issues in the past.

Side Effects

Some of these side effects may occur when taking this medication, they are as follows; Burning, redness, or itching at the application site may occur. However if any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor right away.

In people with light-colored hair, changes in hair color have rarely occurred.

If you are experiencing any of these rare but very serious side effects, seek medical help right away. The side effects are as follows; blistering/swelling/oozing at the application site.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.


What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.


 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.


 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.


 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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