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Prescribing Information for Nizoral (Ketoconazole):
What is Nizoral (Ketoconazole)?
Nizoral (Ketoconazole) is a drug known to contain ketoconazole as a main ingredient. It is indicated for various types of infections. Ketoconazole is an antifungal antibiotic. It is used to treat infections occurring in various parts of the body. Mostly fungal infections are seen in mouth, throat or skin infections. But Nizoral (Ketoconazole) can also be used for the treatment of fungal infections occurring in esophagus, throat, lungs and urinary bladder. It can also be prescribed for other purposes not indicated here.
What should I know about Nizoral (Ketoconazole)?
You must consult your doctor before starting this drug. Do not take Nizoral (Ketoconazole) if you are allergic to antifungal type of antibiotics. You must not take Nizoral (Ketoconazole) for longer duration than prescribed by your doctor. You must use Nizoral carefully in liver diseases and renal disorders, heart disorder which include rhythm disorder like long ‘QT’ syndrome etc. Use is carefully in decreased stomach acid or achlorhydria.
You should avoid antacids along with Nizoral (Ketoconazole). It can reduce the stomach acidity. Therefore you should not combine it with other stomach acid reducers like pepcid, Zentac etc or drugs which contain aluminium and magnesium. You must keep a gap of at least two hours if you are taking ketoconazole with stomach acid reducers. The absorption of ketoconazole becomes difficult along with antacid medicines.
How to use Nizoral (Ketoconazole)?
Keep Nizoral (Ketoconazole) away from the reach of children and take medicine as prescribed Nizoral or ketoconazole is an antifungal antibiotic. It prevents the development of fungus by producing pores in the cell wall of fungus. Thus, the fungi are not able to replicate. This is how ketoconazole works.
You can’t take alcohol with Nizoral (Ketoconazole) as there can be many side effects like abdominal cramps, headache, nausea and vomiting. This drug cannot be taken during pregnancy as it may harm the unborn baby. If you are planning to get pregnant stop taking the medication or talk to your doctor to know more about Nizoral (Ketoconazole) and ketoconazole in pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Nizoral (Ketoconazole) can pass through mother’s milk and can harm the infant. To prevent any side effects, don’t take the drug during breastfeeding your child. Ketoconazole must be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor. You should not take the drug in large amount or should not take it for a longer duration than prescribed by your doctor.
You must refer to your prescription label to know more about Nizoral (Ketoconazole). You can Nizoral (Ketoconazole) along or after your meals as the absorption rate increase along with food you must avoid the drug in severe liver diseases as it can harm the liver function. You must go for liver function test. If you are using Nizoral from a long duration store the drug in cool and dry place away from moisture and heat. If you miss a dose of Nizoral (Ketoconazole) do not take an overdose or the side effects can become prominent. If any overdosing occurs and severe reaction arises seek your medical advisor immediately.
What are the side effects of Nizoral (Ketoconazole)?
Nizoral (Ketoconazole) can cause various adverse reactions like dizziness, fast heart blat or tachycardia, paraesthesia or tingly feeling depression, suicidal thoughts, confusion, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, yellowing of skin or eyes i.e. Jaundice, low grade fever, stomachache, swelling of breasts and impotency.
How Nizoral (Ketoconazole) interacts with other drugs?
Nizoral (Ketoconazole) may produce various reactions with herbal supplements and drugs that you are taking without any prescription. You must tell about every drug you are taking. You should tell if you are taking any cancer medicine, phenytoin, rifampicin, warfarin, cholesterol medicines like atorvastatin, HIV or AI DJ medicines, like atorvastatin, HIV or AIDJ medicines, ciclosporin, digoxin, acetaminophine, loratadine, clopidogrel, sedatives like midazolam and any diabetic medication. Contact your pharmacist to know more ketoconazole.