Pyrithione is a product known and sold under many trade names, e.g. – 2 in 1 Dandruff, Beta Med, DermaZinc and etc. This product is used in order to help decrease the symptoms of dandruff and treat seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp.
Pyrithione is available in many forms – shampoo, lotion, cream, soap, solution, bar and cream.
2 What to Know Before Using
Before the decision to start the treatment with this medication is made, it is essential to get informed about the expected beneficial effects as well as about the potential side effects and risks.
This is a decision that you and your doctor will have to make. In order this decision to be made, it is important that the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks. During the consultations, it is important that you inform the doctor about:
Allergies – Inform your doctor about any allergic reactions to any medications in the past. Also, inform the healthcare professional about any allergic reaction to any specific type of food, dye, fabric and etc.
Pediatric – Although, there are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this product to be used within pediatric patients, it is considered not to cause any age-connected interactions to occur. However, it should be used only when the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.
Geriatric – Although, there are no studies that that would confirm the safety of this product to be used within geriatric patients, it is considered not to cause any age-connected interactions to occur. However, it should be used only when the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.
Pregnancy – Inform your doctor if you are currently pregnant or have any plans about pregnancy in the near future. There are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this product to be used during pregnancy. Because of this, it should be used only when the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.
Breastfeeding – Inform your doctor if you are currently breastfeeding. There are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this product to be used within nursing mothers. Because of this, it should be used only when the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.
Drug interactions – Inform your doctor if you are currently using any other medications, prescribed or no prescribed, even vitamins and herbal tea. This is important because certain medications should not be used in a combination with others, because of the possibility that certain interactions would occur. However, the doctor may sometimes prescribed a certain type of a combination including two or more medications if he or she decides that combination could prove as beneficial regarding your condition.
Other interactions – Certain medications should not be used in a combination with certain types of food, tobacco and/or alcohol. Because of this, it is important to get informed if there is a need for you to follow any specific diet, and/or discontinue your use of tobacco and/or alcohol during the treatment.
Other medical problems – Inform your doctor about your medical history, any other medical problems and conditions from the past.
For proper use, follow the directions given by your doctor. The following will include advice on how to apply this product in the form of a shampoo.
Before you apply the shampoo, wet your hair and scalp with warm water. After that, apply the shampoo and massage the scalp and wash the hair with water. Do the same thing again and the dry the hair. Make sure you avoid contact between the product and your eyes. If this product gets in your eyes, wash them for 10 minutes with warm water.
The dose is individual for every patient, prescribed by your doctor and based on your condition and the prognosis of the treatment. Usually, it is advised to use this product twice in a week.
Use it regularly to get the most benefits from it. If you forget to apply it, do it as soon as you remember. Do not double to catch up. This product is harmful and dangerous if swallowed. If swallowing is suspected, contact your doctor as soon as you notice.
4 Precautions to Take
It is important to visit your doctor at your scheduled appointments so that he or she would be able to track your condition and make any adjustments if necessary. These adjustments may be made regarding the dose (e.g. the doctor may decide to increase or decrease the dose), or the treatment itself – the doctor may decide to discontinue the treatment if there are any serious side effects present.
Inform your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any kind of medication, prescribed or no prescribed. This is important because this medication could contain inactive substances that could cause interactions to occur.
Avoid touching your eyes while applying this product. Make sure you wash your hair good after applying the medication.
5 Potential Side Effects
Along with its needed beneficial effects, there may be an occurrence of potential side effects. These side effects do not appear within all patients. Also, these side effects could either be mild or more serious. Either way, it is important for you to get informed about the potential side effects, so that you would be able to notice their presence and inform the doctor as soon as possible for further directions.
Based on the present side effects, the doctor may decide to discontinue your treatment with this product. A common side effect that doesn’t require medical help is a mild skin irritation. But, if you notice any of the following side effects, inform your doctor or healthcare professional right away.
lack of healing of the skin condition
severe redness or irritation after using this product
A serious allergic reaction is not common, but if you notice any of the following side effects inform your doctor as soon as possible.
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