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Ketoconazole is an azole antifungal medication; this form of ketoconazole is in tablet form for oral administration and can be purchased in 200mg!
Ketoconazole is a last resort medicine used to treat certain infections produced by fungus, excluding fungal infections of the finger or toenails (ketoconazole cream is used for fungal infections found in these areas). Fungal infections are fairly common and occur when the immune system cannot handle an invading fungus. Fungi (fungus pluralized) spread microscopic spores into the air where they are either inhaled or come into contact with skin which is when a fungal infection is conceived. Fungal infections aren’t usually very serious or harmful when they are treated early; however, fungal infections may be more risky for people who have weakened immune systems such as those with HIV.
Ketoconazole is effective in treating certain fungal infections because of its ability to prevent further growth of the fungus so that the immune system can fight it off more easily.
Only use this medication the way your doctor has prescribed it to you. This is important in order to avoid adverse interactions, side effects, and ineffectiveness.
Use this medication for the entire prescribed time (usually around 6 months) even if you feel you are better. Doing so may result in the infection coming back and being harder to treat with medication.
Take this medication by mouth, usually once a day. You may take this medication with or without food.
You will receive the most effectiveness by keeping a consistent level of ketoconazole in your system. This can be done by taking the medication at the same time every day. Ensure you don’t miss a dose by setting a reminder to take your tablet or by using a pillbox.
Do not use Ketoconazole
This medication should only be used if other medications were not successful. Do not use this medication unless you clearly need too.
This medication is not to be used by those who are allergic to ketoconazole or those who have liver damage.
Do not use this product if you are breast feeding.
This medication should not be given to a child unless directed to by a doctor.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
Tell your doctor if you are currently taking antipsychotic medicine, cholesterol medicine, ergot medicine, heart medication, a sedative, or if you take cisapride, colchicines, irinotecan, methadone, or tolvaptan. A dose adjustment may need to be made to allow these drugs to safely interact with ketoconazole.
If you are a person with liver problems, long QT syndrome (personal or family history), or problems with your adrenal gland; you need to consult your doctor before taking this medication for your own safety.
Ketoconazole has potential to cause serious harm to your liver; this may result in liver transplant or even death. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of liver damage (see side effects).
A serious heart problem can occur during the treatment of ketoconazole. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of heart problems (see side effects).
It has not been established if this medication will harm an unborn baby; consult your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant.
Avoid alcohol consumption during the time of treatment.
Common side effects of ketoconazole may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of ketoconazole may include:
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…
liver problems--upper stomach pain, fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
heart problems-- fast or pounding heartbeats, shortness of breath, and sudden dizziness.
What should I avoid while using this medication?
Ketoconazole may cause you to sunburn more easily. It is recommended you stay out of the sun and if you are in the sun, you are wearing sun protective clothing, a hat and sunscreen. Avoid tanning beds during the duration of treatment.
What if I also need to take an antacid?
If you also take an antacid, take it at least 2 hours before or 1 hour following your ketoconazole dose. If you take these two products at or around the same time, you may affect the absorption of the drug which may affect the effectiveness.
What is the average dose for an adult with blastomycosis?
The average dose for an adult with blastomycosis is 200mg once a day. This dose may be increase to 400mg once a day.
Blastomycosis: a fungal infection caused by inhaling a fungal's (blastomyces dermatitidis) spores affecting primarily the lungs.
Is this product safe for children to use?
This product is safe for children who are at least 2 years of age. This medication should not be used by anyone under the age of 2 years old.
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