Stieprox is only for topical application to the scalp and adjacent areas.
- The hair should be wetted and sufficient Stieprox applied to produce an abundant lather. The scalp and adjacent areas should be vigorously massaged with the fingertips. The hair should then be thoroughly rinsed and the procedure repeated. The shampoo should remain in contact with the scalp for a total contact time of 3-5 minutes over the two applications.
- Stieprox should be used two to three times weekly or as often as necessary for the treatment of scalp disorders. A mild shampoo can be used in between applications of Stieprox.
- The recommended treatment period is 4 weeks.
How does this medication work?
- Ciclopirox belongs to the group of medications known as antifungals. It works by preventing certain types of fungus from growing and reproducing. The cream and lotion form of this medication are used to treat certain types of fungal infections of the skin.
- The lacquer form is used as part of a treatment plan for fungal infections of the nails. The shampoo form of this medication is used to treat and prevent dandruff or to treat seborrhoeic dermatitis (a condition of the scalp that causes itchy, scaly, flaky, and red skin) caused by specific fungus on the scalp.
- This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here.
How to use Stieprox
- Ciclopirox shampoo is generally used 2 or 3 times a week, or as often as recommended by your doctor. Wet hair and apply enough shampoo to work up an abundant lather. Massage the scalp with your fingertips for 2 to 3 minutes, then rinse the hair well. Repeat lathering and rinsing.
- Keep ciclopirox shampoo out of the eyes and away from the eyelids. If you get this medication in your eyes, flush well with clean water. Ciclopirox shampoo may cause discoloration of grey, white, or chemically damaged hair. Store the shampoo at room temperature and keep it out of reach of children.
- Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
- It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
- Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What side effects are possible with this medication?
- Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
- The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who uses this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
- The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
- Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
- Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
- Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
- burning, itching, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation not present before use of this medication
- Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.
Are there any other precautions or warnings for this medication?
- Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
- Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
- Breast-feeding: It is not known if ciclopirox passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
- Children: The safety and effectiveness of this medication have not been established for children. The cream and lotion may be used for children 10 years and older.