Nizoral Cream (Ketoconazole)
What is Nizoral Cream (Ketoconazole) used for?
Nizoral Cream (Ketoconazole) is a topical antifungal medication prescribed to treat patients suffering from fungal skin infections such as jock itch, ringworm, athlete's foot, or yeast infections. The medication destroys or stops the reproduction of fungus cells allowing the immune system to control or eliminate the infection. Your physician may also prescribe this medication to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Nizoral Cream (Ketoconazole)?
Always follow the instructions provided by your physician while using Nizoral Cream (Ketoconazole) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. It is normally administered twice each day for a cycle of medication lasting one or two weeks, but your particular instructions will depend on the condition being treated and the severity of your symptoms. Rinse the affected area with water before each use to remove any dirt or loose skin. Apply a small amount of cream, gently massage it into the skin, and allow any excess medication to evaporate. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water to prevent the medication from contacting any areas not being treated or the mucous membranes. Never stop using the cream before being instructed to, even if your symptoms have disappeared, as the infection may not be gone and can return stronger or more resistant to treatment. Ask your physician any questions you have about using the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Nizoral Cream (Ketoconazole)?
Side effects that may occur in some patients using Nizoral Cream (Ketoconazole) include:
Stop using the cream and contact your physician immediately if you experience any painful or worrying symptoms being especially cautious about any signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing. These conditions may require reduced application frequency or emergency medical attention in more serious cases to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Nizoral Cream (Ketoconazole) should not be applied to skin that is broken or severely damaged. Do not being using this medication if you are allergic to ketoconazole or have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. You are also suggested to disclose if you have any other chronic health conditions that may cause complications during treatment requiring special adjustments to your treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Nizoral Cream (Ketoconazole). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.