Stieprox liquid – Information, specialists, frequent questions.

Usage of Stieprox liquid

Please read the leaflet carefully before using STIEPROX Liquid. It contains a summary of information available on STIEPROX Liquid. It does not contain all the available information. All medicines have benefits and risks. If you have any questions about using STIEPROX Liquid after reading this leaflet, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.

STIEPROX Liquid contains Ciclopirox Olamine 1.5% w/w as the active ingredient. Ciclopirox Olamine is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent that inhibits the growth of the yeast known as Pityrosporum ovale or Pityrosporum orbiculare, which is associated with conditions such as dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis.

STIEPROX Liquid also contains sodium laureth sulfate 70%, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium phosphate – dibasic dodecahydrate, citric acid monohydrate, cocamide DEA, hexylene glycol, oleyl alcohol, polysorbate 80, polyquaternium-10, fragrance AF17050, sodium hydroxide and purified water.

STIEPROX Liquid comes in a bottle containing 60ml or 150ml of a clear, straw to light orange coloured liquid, with a characteristic odour.

STIEPROX Liquid is used for the treatment of dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis affecting the scalp. It also helps to reduce the formation of scales and flakes and remove those that have already formed.

Dandruff is a skin condition that is characterised by excessive scaling of the scalp. It presents itself as dry whitish scales generally without red or inflamed skin. Dandruff is more obvious when the scales become trapped in your hair and drop on to your clothing.

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is considered a severe form of dandruff. People who have seborrhoeic dermatitis generally have red, itchy and scaling areas on the scalp and possibly on other areas of the body, such as the face, eyebrows, beard area, upper chest and back and in the underarm area.

STIEPROX Liquid may not be right for some people. Do not use STIEPROX Liquid if you are hypersensitive to (have had an allergic reaction to) ciclopirox olamine/ciclopirox or any of the other ingredients. If in any doubt ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Before using STIEPROX Liquid

Tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or intend to become pregnant
  • You are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed.

STIEPROX Liquid is not recommended for pregnant or breast-feeding women. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of using STIEPROX Liquid if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

If you do breast-feed your baby while you are using STIEPROX Liquid (on your doctor’s advice), ensure that you wash off all traces of STIEPROX Liquid from your breasts after bathing/showering before you begin breast-feeding.

Tell your doctor if you are allergic to ciclopirox olamine or any of the ingredients in STIEPROX Liquid listed at the beginning of this leaflet.

You should not allow STIEPROX Liquid to come into contact with your eyes; STIEPROX Liquid is for external use only. If STIEPROX Liquid comes into contact with your eyes, wash thoroughly with water.

In order to avoid possible interactions between several medicines, please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, even those not prescribed.

STIEPROX Liquid is not recommended for use in children under 12 years of age.

STIEPROX Liquid is for use by adults and children 12 years and over. STIEPROX Liquid is for topical application to the scalp. The hair should be wetted and sufficient STIEPROX Liquid applied to produce an abundant lather. The scalp and adjacent areas should be vigorously massaged with the fingertips. Rinse thoroughly and repeat the procedure. Over the two applications, the shampoo should be left in the hair for a total time of 3 to 5 minutes.

STIEPROX Liquid should be used two to three times weekly for 4 weeks. STIEPROX Liquid will provide temporary relief during the period of use and dandruff and/or seborrhoeic dermatitis may recur if treatment is discontinued.

You can use a mild shampoo on the days you are not using STIEPROX Liquid.

If your doctor or pharmacist has recommended other ways of using STIEPROX Liquid you should follow their advice.

STIEPROX Liquid contains a hair conditioner, but you can use a separate conditioner after STIEPROX Liquid if you wish.

If you forget to use STIEPROX Liquid, just apply the next day instead.

In case of accidental ingestion, contact the Poisons Information Centre (Phone 13 11 26 for Australia; for New Zealand phone 0800 POISON or 0800 764 766) for advice. Avoid contact with the eyes. If STIEPROX Liquid comes into contact with your eyes, wash thoroughly with water.

Adverse and side effects

Like all medicines, STIEPROX Liquid can cause side effects, but not everybody gets them.

Common side effects

These may affect up to 1 in 10 people.

  • skin irritation at the application site including itching, burning sensation and rash.
  • redness at the application site.

Rare side effects

These may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people.

  • allergic reaction at or around the site of application
  • flaking of the skin
  • eczema (itchy skin rash)
  • unusual hair loss or thinning

Some of these effects can also be symptoms of the condition you are treating. However, if you experience any of these effects for the first time after starting to use STIEPROX Liquid, or you experience worsening of these effects, stop using STIEPROX Liquid and tell your doctor or pharmacist.

  • STIEPROX Liquid may cause your hair to change colour if you have grey, white or chemically damaged hair (for example, due to hair dye).
    Check with your doctor or pharmacist before using this shampoo if you think this may apply to you. Your doctor or pharmacist will decide whether STIEPROX Liquid is suitable for you.

If you get side effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the side effects listed becomes severe or troublesome, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet.

Questions about Stieprox liquid

Our experts have answered 4 questions about Stieprox liquid

Prof. Rod Sinclair
Prof. Rod Sinclair
Steiprox is an antidandruff shampoo. There are many alternatives available either over the counter at pharmacies or on prescription. Alternatively a compounding pharmacy may be able to manufacture…
1 answers

Dr. Raj Khillan
Dr. Raj Khillan
St Albans
Stieprox is not tested in children less than 12 years so its safety is not known. This happens with most of the medications used in children, are not tested due to many reasons. But generaly…
1 answers

Dr. Jane Sheedy
Dr. Jane Sheedy
Dermatologist, Gp
Steiprox shampoo is an antifungal shampoo that is used to inhibit the growth of a yeast that contributes to dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis (which also causes an itchy, scaly scalp).
2 answers

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