What is Ketomac Shampoo?

Ketomac Shampoo is a light pinkish brown liquid for topical application, containing the broad-spectrum synthetic antifungal agent Ketoconazole in a concentration of 2% in a shampoo base.

What is Ketomac Shampoo indicated for?

Ketomac Shampoo is used for:
a) The prevention and treatment of dandruff. It treats flaking, scaling, itching, and also helps to relieve inflammation due to dandruff.
b) Topical ketoconazole is used for treating ringworm, jock itch, athlete's foot, dandruff, and tinea versicolor.

What is dandruff? Why is it caused and does it comes back?
  • Dandruff is a harmless, chronic condition that occurs when the scalp becomes dry or greasy due to excessive secretions from the skin of the scalp and produces white flakes of dead skin that appear in the hair or on the shoulders. Most often people think of dandruff as anything that produces a flaky scalp.

  • Dandruff flakes reappear after some time because most of the shampoos wash away the flakes that appear on the scalp. They treat the symptoms successfully but don't address the underlying cause, which is an unhealthy or undernourished scalp. The severity of dandruff worsens during winter season. In case flakes reappear, continue to use Ketomac Shampoo occasionally.
What is Tinea Pityriasis?

Tinea (pityriasis) versicolor is a non-contagious infection of the skin caused by Pityrosporum Ovale. It is part of the normal skin flora. In susceptible individuals the condition is often recurrent and may give rise to hyper pigmented or hypo pigmented patches on the trunk which may extend to the neck, arms and upper thighs.

Are there any specific directions for usage of this product?

Wet the hair thoroughly. Apply a small amount of Ketomac Shampoo to your scalp and massage into a lather. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse your scalp thoroughly. Use twice a week for 4 weeks. After the scalp has cleared of dandruff, use Ketomac Shampoo once a week to prevent the reoccurrence of dandruff and to keep the scalp clear.

A) Seborrhoeic dermatitis and dandruff: Use twice weekly
Prophylaxis: Use once every 1-2 weeks.

B) Pityriasis Versicolor: Use once daily for a maximum of 5 days. Prophylaxis: As patches of pityriasis versicolor become more apparent on exposure to the sun, it may be used once daily for a maximum of 3 days in a single treatment course before exposure to sunshine.
Can it be used by both men and women?

Yes. Both men and women can use this product.

Is it suitable for dry, oily, weak, frizzy or any other hair type?

It is suitable for almost all hair types. Discoloration of the hair has been observed in patients with chemically treated hair or grey hair. In case you have any doubts, please consult your physician for further instructions.

How long should I leave the shampoo on?

Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse your scalp thoroughly.

Can I use conditioner or any other hair product after using this shampoo?

Yes, usage of conditioner is safe after application of Ketomac Shampoo. In certain cases, when hair becomes very dry, using a conditioner will be beneficial. Other hair products should be suitable as well. For more details contact your physician or check the labels.

How many times a week should I use it?

Depending upon the severity of dandruff, Ketomac Shampoo may be used twice a week for 4 weeks. After the scalp has cleared, use Ketomac Shampoo once a week to prevent the reoccurrence of dandruff and to keep the scalp clear.

How soon can I see the effect of this product?

Depending upon the severity of the dandruff and an individual's type of hair, effect of the product is normally seen within two weeks.

Does it have any side effects?

Upon application of Ketomac Shampoo, the following side effects may occur: Local burning sensation, itching, or contact dermatitis (due to irritation or allergy). Also, hair may become dry upon regular use of Ketomac Shampoo. For any contraindications related to active/inactive ingredients, please refer to the label of the product.

Does it irritate the eyes or is dangerous if accidentally ingested?

Do not let Ketomac Shampoo get into your eyes or mouth. If it enters eyes, wash with plenty of water. If accidentally ingested, rinse mouth with sufficient quantity of water. If irritation persists, immediately seek medical attention.

Is it harmful if used during pregnancy?

Ketoconazole is not absorbed into the bloodstream from the skin and is not harmful if used during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Ketoconazole is not detected in plasma after continuous shampooing for a long period. Nevertheless, caution should be exercised when Ketomac Shampoo is used by a nursing mother.

Is it harmful during other medical conditions?

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to ketoconazole or to other azole antifungal drugs (such as fluconazole, itraconazole); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. The product should be used with caution in people having liver problems, alcohol use, low testosterone levels, decreased adrenal gland function problems (such as low cortisol levels, Addison's disease, adrenal insufficiency), little or no stomach acid production (achlorhydria).

Is it safe for children?

Safety and effectiveness of Ketoconazole in children has not been established. Consult your Physician before use.

Can I use Ketomac Shampoo throughout the year?

Yes, Ketomac Shampoo can be used throughout the year. The frequency of usage should be increased during winter as scalp becomes more dry during this season.

How do I know if my hair is weak?

If your hair has split ends or is too thin, it may indicate hair weakness.

Does Ketomac Shampoo cause discoloration of hair?

In rare instances, mainly in patients with chemically treated hair or grey hair, a discoloration of the hair has been observed.

What changes should I incorporate in my diet to keep my hair healthy?

A healthy balanced diet containing essential fatty acids containing foods like fish and walnuts, vegetables containing iron and biotin supplement, foods rich in vitamin E like almonds and dried apricots are useful to maintain a healthy scalp.

Where can I get information about the product/usage/ingredients in this product?

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