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What Is Ketoconazole Cream 2 Used For

What Is Ketoconazole Cream 2 Used For

Uses

See also Warning section.Ketoconazole is used to treat certain serious fungal infections in the body. Ketoconazole belongs to the class of drugs called azole antifungals. It works by stopping the growth of the fungus.Ketoconazole should not be used to treat fungal infections on the skin and nails due to the risk of serious side effects and drug interactions. Talk to your doctor about other medications you can use to treat these types of infection.

Precautions

See also Side Effects section.Before taking ketoconazole, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other azole antifungal drugs (such as fluconazole, itraconazole); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver problems, alcohol use, low testosterone levels, decreased adrenal gland function problems (such as low cortisol levels, Addison's disease, adrenal insufficiency), little or no stomach acid production (achlorhydria).Ketoconazole may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away.

Interactions

See Contraindications. QT prolongation with concomitant dofetilide, quinidine, pimozide, cisapride, methadone, disopyramide, dronedarone, ranolazine. Concomitant sirolimus, everolimus, temsirolimus, tamsulosin, rifabutin, rivaroxaban, salmeterol, dasatinib, lapatinib, nilotinib: not recommended. Potentiates alfentanil, sufentanil, fentanyl, buprenophine, oxycodone, calcium channel blockers, bosentan, buspirone, carbamazepine, cilostazol, cyclosporine, digoxin, oral anticoagulants, indinavir, saquinavir, sildenafil, vardenafil, tadalafil, tacrolimus, telithromycin, atorvastatin, tolterodine, trimetrexate, verapamil, vinca alkaloids, bortezomib, busulphan, docetaxel, erlotinib, imatinib, ixabepilone, paclitaxel, aripiprazole, quetiapine, ramelteon, risperidone; monitor and adjust doses. Avoid alcohol or other hepatotoxic drugs.

Side effects

See also Warning section.Nausea and vomiting may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: headache, vision changes, mental/mood changes (such as depression, thoughts of suicide).Although unlikely, when ketoconazole is used at high doses, it may cause an adrenal gland problem (adrenal insufficiency), a decrease in testosterone levels, and a decrease in sperm production. Ketoconazole can also worsen existing adrenal gland function problems (See also Precautions section). The adrenal gland problem may make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication. Your doctor may order a blood test to monitor your adrenal gland function while you are taking ketoconazole.

warnings

This drug comes with several warnings.

Allergies

Ketoconazole tablets can cause a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms can include:

  • shortness of breath
  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • fever
  • chills
  • throbbing of your heart or ears
  • swelling of your eyelids, face, mouth, neck, or any other part of your body
  • skin rash, hives, blisters, peeling of your skin

 

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