Ketoconazole cream is used to treat tinea corporis (ringworm; fungal skin infection that causes a red scaly rash on different parts of the body), tinea cruris (jock itch; fungal infection of the skin in the groin or buttocks), tinea pedis (athlete's foot; fungal infection of the skin on the feet and between the toes), tinea versicolor (fungal infection of the skin that causes brown or light colored spots on the chest, back, arms, legs, or neck), and yeast infections of the skin. Prescription ketoconazole shampoo is used to treat tinea versicolor.
Ketoconazole has the potential to induce liver damage that is severe enough to necessitate liver transplantation or even death in certain cases. People who do not currently have liver disease or any other diseases that raise their chance of developing liver disease may nevertheless get liver damage as a result of this. Inform your doctor if you consume high amounts of alcohol or have consumed considerable amounts of alcohol in the past, as well as if you have or have ever had liver disease. While taking ketoconazole, avoid consuming alcoholic drinks because doing so may raise your chance of developing liver damage. You should contact your doctor immediately if you suffer any of the following symptoms: Emotional exhaustion, lack of appetite and weight loss, nausea and vomiting, yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark yellow urine, pale feces, stomach discomfort in the upper right side of the stomach, fever, or rash are all symptoms of meningitis.
QT prolongation is a possible adverse effect of ketoconazole (an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to fainting, loss of consciousness, seizures, or sudden death)(an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to fainting, loss of consciousness, seizures, or sudden death).(an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to fainting, loss of consciousness, seizures, or sudden death). While taking ketoconazole, you should avoid taking the following medications: disopyramide (Norpace), dofetilide (Tikosyn), dronedarone (Multaq), pimozide (Orap), quinidine (Quinidex, Quinaglute), cisapride (Propulsid; no longer available in the United States), methadone (Dolophine, Methadose), and ranolazine (Ranexa You should discontinue taking ketoconazole and contact your doctor immediately if you suffer any of the following symptoms: An irregular or rapid pulse; fainting; dizziness; lightheadedness; or a loss of consciousness are all symptoms of an irregular heartbeat.
Keep all of your scheduled visits with your doctor and with the lab. A number of tests will be ordered by your doctor to see how your body is responding to ketoconazole treatment.
When you begin treatment with ketoconazole and each time you renew your prescription, your doctor or pharmacist will provide you with the manufacturer's patient information sheet (Medication Guide). Read the material carefully, and if you have any concerns, contact your doctor or pharmacist for assistance. You can also access the Medication Guide by visiting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website
Inform yourself about the dangers of taking ketoconazole with your doctor.
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