Generic Name: ketoconazole topical (kee toe KOE na zole)Brand Names: Extina, Kuric, Nizoral A-D, Nizoral Topical, Xolegel
Ketoconazole topical is an antifungal medication. Ketoconazole topical 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 other than those listed in this medication guide.
Wait at least 20 minutes after applying this medicine before you use cosmetics or sunscreen on the treated skin area. Do not wash the treated skin for at least 3 hours after applying ketoconazole topical.
Call your doctor if your condition does not improve within 2 weeks, or if your symptoms get worse.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.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider berfore using ketoconazole topical?Do not use this medication if you are allergic to ketoconazole. FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether ketoconazole topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not use this medication on a child younger than 12 years old.
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.Do not use this medication for any skin condition that has not been diagnosed by a doctor.
Wash your hands before and after using this medication.Clean and dry the affected area. Apply a thin layer of the cream or gel to the affected skin area as directed. This medicine is usually used for only 2 to 4 weeks.
Wait at least 20 minutes after applying this medicine before you use cosmetics or sunscreen on the treated skin area. Do not wash the treated skin for at least 3 hours after applying ketoconazole topical.Do not use bandages or dressings over the treated skin areas, unless your doctor has told you to.
Use the shampoo twice per week, unless your doctor has told you otherwise. Apply enough shampoo to create a lather and massage the scalp for 1 minute. Rinse thoroughly and repeat, leaving the lather on for an additional 3 minutes. Then rinse it off completely. Allow at least 3 days to pass between uses of ketoconazole shampoo.Use this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated.
Call your doctor if your condition does not improve within 2 weeks, or if your symptoms get worse.Store ketoconazole topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Ketoconazole topical gel is flammable. Do not use it while you are smoking or near an open flame.
Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
An overdose of ketoconazole topical applied to the skin is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms.
Avoid covering treated skin areas with tight-fitting, synthetic clothing (such as nylon or polyester) that doesn't allow air to circulate to your skin. If you are treating your feet, wear clean cotton socks and sandals or shoes that allow for air circulation. Keep your feet as dry as possible.
Avoid using other skin or hair products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps or shampoos or skin cleansers, hair coloring or permanent chemicals, hair removers or waxes, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime. Do not use other medicated skin products unless your doctor has told you to.
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
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
There may be other drugs that can affect ketoconazole topical. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.