Nizoral AD Anti Dandruff Shampoo 7 oz

Nizoral AD Anti-Dandruff Shampoo 7 oz Review and Ranking

Nizoral AD Anti Dandruff Shampoo 7 ozFrom Nizoral – Product Description

Fight dandruff outbreaks with Nizoral AD Anti-Dandruff Shampoo 7 oz. This powerful shampoo controls flaking, scaling, and itching caused by dandruff. It combines the effectiveness of ketoconazole 1%, a proven dandruff-fighting ingredient, with salon-tested gentleness. Use it just twice a week in between your regular shampoos to control dandruff. It’s gentle enough to use on color-treated, chemically processed, and gray hair, and has a thick, rich lather that rinses clean and leaves your hair smelling fresh.

Reviewer’s Thoughts

Amazon Rankings

#1 in Beauty > Hair Care > Shampoo
#2 in Beauty > Hair Care > Hair & Scalp Care > Hair & Scalp Treatments

Total Reviews – 1586
Estimated Amazon Verified Purchase – 95% for 1507
Total Positive 4 & 5 Star Reviews – 89% for 1412
Total Negative 1 & 2 Star Reviews – 6% for 95

Average Amazon Rating – 4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
BeHealthyBeMore Rating – 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Negative Reviews

The number of negative reviews for Nizoral AD Anti-Dandruff Shampoo 7 oz is well within the parameters of normal dissatisfaction – 6% of all reviews.

The main thread for the negative reviews was, “the formulation changed” for earlier reviews and “it does not work” throughout the entire review period of 4 years. Some more serious results from using the shampoo were noted. One review suggested searching for the affects of the shampoo, which we did.

We searched using the one ingredient which the manufacturer called ‘active,’ Ketoconazole. All sorts of bad stuff came up including this: “This medicine should be used only when you cannot use other antifungal medications. Ketoconazole can cause serious harm to your liver that may result in liver transplant or cause death.”

However, when searching for Ketoconazole Shampoo, the results were different. From WebMD [concerning a 2% concentration],

“A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.” WebMD

We suspect the negative reviews about a less effective formulation, may have been reducing the ketoconazole from 2% to the current 1% due to increasing health concerns.

Ingredients Health Score

Nizoral AD Anti-Dandruff Shampoo 7 oz Bottom Line

Nizoral AD Anti-Dandruff Shampoo 7 oz is a very popular shampoo. It is rated #1 in Shampoo and #2 in Hair & Scalp Treatments. The health score is higher than other favorite shampoos, so we wonder why we are not jumping for joy at the health score and the evidence that it works well for 94% of the people who try it.

Nizoral AD Anti-Dandruff Shampoo 7 oz is SLS and SELS free but there is a Toxic 12  ingredient, the Cocamide MEA.

Adding all this up, we reduced our rating to 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5), but urge caution when considering this product for use. While the health score is pretty good, use with caution. That way you can balance the effectiveness in light of the toxicity scores.

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Important information

Safety Warning

For external use only.
Do not use

  • on the scalp that is broken or inflamed
  • if you are allergic to ingredients in this product

When using this product

  • avoid contact with eyes
  • if product gets into eyes, rinse thoroughly with water

Stop use and ask a doctor if

  • a rash appears
  • condition worsens or does not improve in 2-4 weeks

If pregnant or breastfeeding, ask a doctor before use.
Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.


Nizoral anti-dandruff hair shampoo Features: Controls flaking, scaling and itching associated with dandruff. Protect from light and freezing.


Active Ingredient: Ketoconazole 1%. Inactive Ingredients: Acrylic acid polymer (carbomer 1342), butylated hydroxytoluene, cocamide MEA, FD&C Blue #1, fragrance, glycol distearate, polyquaternium-7, quaternium-15, sodium chloride, sodium cocoyl sarcosinate, sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid, sodium laureth sulfate, tetrasodium EDTA, water


Adults and children 12 years and over:

  • wet hair thoroughly
  • apply shampoo, generously lather, rinse thoroughly. Repeat
  • use every 3-4 days for up to 8 weeks or as directed by a doctor. Then use only as needed to control dandruff

Children under 12 years:

  • ask a doctor
  • store between 35° and 86°F (2° and 30°C)
  • protect from light
  • protect from freezing

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