I have a question concerning Nizoral shampoo. I take Propecia once a day, and have been using Nizoral every few days for the past month since there seems to be a great deal of praise for it as a supplemental item when using a treatment like finasteride (no decent clinical studies to back that up, I know). My question is, have you come across any recent evidence that suggests it has negative consequences/interactions as part of being on a regimen like Propecia.
The use of both Nizoral (ketoconazole) and Propecia (finasteride) together seems to have great popularity to many of this site’s visitors. I have not seen negative reports from using both of these products together, so that’s good. There was a small study published in Journal of Dermatology in August, 2002 about using a ketoconazole and finasteride combination. From the study:
“One hundered male patients with AGA of Hamilton grades II to IV were enrolled in an open, randomized, parallel-group study, designed to evaluate and compare the efficacy of oral finasteride (1 mg per day), topical 2% minoxidil solution and topical 2% ketoconazole shampoo alone and in combination. They were randomized into four groups.
Group I (30 patients) was administered oral finasteride, Group II (36 patients) was given a combination of finasteride and topical minoxidil, Group III (24 patients) applied minoxidil alone and Group IV (10 patients) was administered finasteride with topical ketoconazole. Treatment efficacy was assessed on the basis of patient and physician assessment scores and global photographic review during the study period of one year.
At the end of one year, hair growth was observed in all the groups with best results recorded with a combination of finasteride and minoxidil (Group II) followed by groups IV, I and III. Subjects receiving finasteride alone or in combination with minoxidil or ketoconazole showed statistically significant improvement (p<0.05) over minoxidil only recipients. No signifcant side-effects related to the drugs were observed. "
There are possibly more recent studies on using ketoconazole as a hair loss treatment (there’s one from 2007 with no abstract available), but this one from 2002 includes combining the medications and was the first such study I could find. If anyone using both treatments together has a story to share, feel free to send it or leave it in the comments section.