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Ketoconazole Cream

Last reviewed on RxList: 4/2/2019
Ketoconazole Cream Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 4/2/2019

Ketoconazole topical (for the skin) (Brand Names: Extina, Kuric, Nizoral A-D, Nizoral Topical, Xolegel) is an antifungal medication 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. Ketoconazole topical cream is available in generic form. Common side effects of ketoconazole topical cream include

  • stinging,
  • swelling,
  • itching,
  • irritation,
  • dryness, or
  • redness of the treated skin.

Headache may also occur. Contact your doctor if you experience serious side effects of ketoconazole topical cream including

  • severe itching,
  • burning, or irritation where the medication is applied;
  • oozing,
  • pain, or
  • redness of treated skin areas;
  • hair loss;
  • oily or dry scalp; or eye redness,
  • swelling, or
  • irritation.

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 Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • burning, stinging, or severe irritation after using this medicine;
  • redness, pain, or oozing of treated skin; or
  • shortness of breath.

Common side effects may include:

  • thinning hair;
  • changes in the color or texture of your hair;
  • dry skin; or
  • mild itching.

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.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Ketoconazole Cream (Ketoconazole Cream)

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Ketoconazole Cream Professional 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 sodium sulfite or propylene glycol.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Ketoconazole Cream (Ketoconazole Cream)

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