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Medications and Drugs

Brand Names: Extina, Ketodan, Kuric, Nizoral A-D, Nizoral Topical, Xolegel

Generic Name: ketoconazole topical (Pronunciation: kee toe KOE na zole)

What is ketoconazole topical (Extina, Ketodan, Kuric, Nizoral A-D, Nizoral Topical, Xolegel)?

Ketoconazole topical is an antifungal medication that prevents fungus from growing on your skin.

Ketoconazole topical 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 as a shampoo. The shampoo is used for the treatment of dandruff.

Ketoconazole topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Ketoconazole 2% Cream-FOU

Ketoconazole 2% Cr-TAR

Ketoconazole 2% Sham-PER

What are the possible side effects of ketoconazole topical?

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

Stop using ketoconazole topical and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • 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
  • headache.

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.

What is the most important information I should know about ketoconazole topical?

You should not use ketoconazole topical if you are allergic to it.

Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antifungal medication.

Do not use bandages or dressings over the treated skin areas, unless your doctor has told you to.

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Stop using ketoconazole topical and call your doctor if you have severe burning, irritation, redness, pain, or oozing where the medicine is applied.

Ketoconazole topical gel is flammable. Do not use it while you are smoking or near an open flame.

Do not use this medication on a child younger than 12 years old.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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