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Ketoconazole Cream Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Ketoconazole topical (for the skin) (Brand Names: Extina, Kuric, Nizoral A-D, Nizoral Topical, Xolegel) is used to treat fungal infections of the skin such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and seborrhea (dry, flaking skin). Ketoconazole topical is available as a cream, gel, and shampoo. The shampoo is used for the treatment of dandruff. It is an antifungal medication. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include stinging, swelling, irritation, or redness of the treated skin.
To treat cutaneous candidiasis, tinea corporis, tinea cruris, tinea pedis, and tinea (pityriasis) versicolor the recommended dose of ketoconazole cream, 2% is to apply once daily to cover the affected and immediate surrounding area. To treat seborrheic dermatitis, apply Ketoconazole cream, 2% to the affected area twice daily for four weeks or until clinical clearing. Other drugs may affect ketoconazole topical. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. Ketoconazole should be used only if prescribed during pregnancy. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our Ketoconazole Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Ketoconazole Cream in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using ketoconazole topical and call your doctor if you have any of these serious side effects:
- severe itching, burning, or irritation where the medicine is applied;
- oily or dry scalp, mild hair loss;
- redness, pain, or oozing of treated skin areas; or
- eye redness, swelling, or irritation.
Less serious side effects include:
- mild skin itching or irritation;
- dry skin; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Ketoconazole Cream FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
During clinical trials 45 (5.0%) of 905 patients treated with ketoconazole cream, 2% and 5 (2.4%) of 208 patients treated with placebo reported side effects consisting mainly of severe irritation, pruritus and stinging. One of the patients treated with ketoconazole cream developed a painful allergic reaction.
In worldwide postmarketing experience, rare reports of contact dermatitis have been associated with ketoconazole cream or one of its excipients, namely propylene glycol.
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