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What is Ketoconazole used for?

Ketoconazole is an antifungal antibiotic medication. It is used in the treatment of different types of fungal infections, including those occurring in lungs, mouth, throat, esophagus, skin, and bladder. This medicine is available in tablet and cream forms. Ketoconazole tablet is used to treat a variety of fungal infections such as blastomycosis, histoplasmosis, coccidiomycosis, and candidiasis of the skin or mouth. Ketoconazole cream is used to treat jock itch, athlete's foot, ringworm, tinea versicolor, and dandruff. It works by preventing the growth of fungus. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Ketoconazole?

The dosage of Ketoconazole prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Take Ketoconazole tablet with food.

Apply Ketoconazole onto the affected skin once or twice a day.

What if you miss a dose of Ketoconazole?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to use Ketoconazole medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Ketoconazole?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Ketoconazole, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Ketoconazole?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Ketoconazole.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Ketoconazole, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Ketoconazole?

Like other medicines, Ketoconazole can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Ketoconazole are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Ketoconazole cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Ketoconazole develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Ketoconazole can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, impotence, abdominal pain, rash, itching, headache, and dizziness. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Ketoconazole.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Ketoconazole?

Is it possible for me to use Ketoconazole with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I use Ketoconazole?
What are the possible drug interactions of Ketoconazole?
How will Ketoconazole work in my body?
How should Ketoconazole be used?
How to reduce the risk of Ketoconazole drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Ketoconazole is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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