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Zinc pyrithione



Zinc pyrithione is used to reduce recurrence of dandruff by treating dry, scaly, flaky or itchy red skin.

How it works

Zinc pyrithione belongs to a class of medications called as antiseborreics. It works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and/or fungi.  It also works on scalp to slow down the production of skin cells and thus helps in reducing flakiness.

Common side effects


No medicine available

Expert advice

  • Apply zinc pyrithione directly on wet hair to produce lather and rinse after massaging the scalp.
  • Avoid direct contact with eyes and rinse with plenty of water in case of the accidental contact.
  • Inform your doctor if the problem persists even after using as prescribed.
  • Consult your doctor before using zinc pyrithione in children <2 years.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to zinc pyrithione or any of its ingredients.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)