Who should not use medicated dandruff shampoos?

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Do not use a medicated dandruff shampoo if you are allergic to any of the ingredients on the product label. Although these shampoos contain medicine, very little of it is absorbed into the blood. If you have a blood disease, such as porphyria, low levels of blood sugar or if you consume more than three alcoholic drinks per day, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using a medicated dandruff shampoo, and then use the shampoo with caution. Talk to your doctor before using medicated dandruff shampoo if you have a liver disease or if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or wish to become pregnant.

Because the safety and effectiveness of many of these shampoos has not been evaluated in children, ask your doctor before allowing your child to use a medicated dandruff shampoo.

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