What is this medication and its most common uses?Ketoconazole cream is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) that is used to treat fungal infections of the skin, including long-term infections, ringworm, jock itch, athlete's foot, yeast infections of the skin, and an inflammatory skin condition that may affect your scalp, face, ears, chest, or upper back.
What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?How does this medication work?
Ketoconazole cream works by stopping the growth of fungus, thereby treating your infection.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Ketoconazole cream may help clear or relieve certain skin conditions.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use ketoconazole cream exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may notice an improvement in your skin condition once you begin using ketoconazole cream. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.
What are the possible side effects of this medication?The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: severe irritation, itching, stinging.
Less common side effects may include:
Serious and rapid allergic reaction that may be life-threatening if not immediately treated.
Life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain people.
Who should not take this medication?Do not use ketoconazole cream if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with ketoconazole cream. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have asthma.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Jock Itch, Ringworm, Long-Term Fungal Infections of the Skin, and Yeast Infections of the Skin
Adults: Apply once a day to cover the affected area(s) and immediate surrounding area for 2 weeks as directed by your healthcare provider.
Adults: Apply once a day to cover the affected area(s) and immediate surrounding area for 6 weeks as directed by your healthcare provider.
Inflammatory Skin Condition
Adults: Apply twice a day to the affected area(s) for 4 weeks as directed by your healthcare provider.
How should I take this medication?Use ketoconazole cream exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.
If you do not see an improvement at the end of your treatment course, call your healthcare provider.
What should I avoid while taking this medication?Do not get ketoconazole cream in your eyes.
What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?No significant interactions have been reported with ketoconazole cream at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of ketoconazole cream during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are using ketoconazole cream. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?If you miss a dose of ketoconazole cream, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.
How should I store this medication?Store at room temperature.