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Ketoconazole treats a variety of fungal infections, including ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch. Experience the relief and regain your health with Ketoconazole.

What is Ketoconazole?

Ketoconazole is one of the antifungal medicines used to treat skin infections. It only cures skin infections that are caused by fungus.

It treats athlete's foot, rashes due to sweat, dandruff, groin area infection, skin patches, and pityriasis versicolor.

You can use it in the form of shampoo, cream, tablets, and gel, as suggested by your doctor. Shampoos are used to treat dandruff. All online and offline stores sell it.

If you are buying it to treat Pityriasis versicolor, it is a must to have a valid prescription. Ketoconazole tablets can be used only in case of Cushing's syndrome.

You cannot buy tablets without a prescription. So, using its cream, shampoo, or tablet is better if your doctor advises you.


It treats all types of fungus or yeast infections caused in the body. When no option works, doctors prescribe this to treat skin infections, including dandruff.

How it works?

As said, it is an antifungal medicine. It prevents fungus growth, stopping the prevailing infection on the skin.

Side effects

You might experience mild to moderate side effects when taking it for the first time. However, these side effects are not permanent.

It disappears as soon as your body gets adjusted to your body. If you are experiencing side effects worsening, immediately discuss it with the pharmacist.

The most common effect is Redness or itching. Still, the utmost you can experience are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Abnormal liver function
  • Headache
  • Itching

Common side effects are not a thing to worry about. If the effects are rare, visit the doctor as soon as possible.

How do you manage side effects?

If you are experiencing Redness or itching, apply less cream. Apply only on the infected area. Rub it with cotton. If the itching remains for longer, contact the doctor.

How to use it?

Usage of Ketoconazole depends on the form of the medicine you are using.


If you use a tablet to treat Cushing's syndrome, you must consume it directly with water. Do not chew or crush the tablet. You can have it right after a meal and at the same time daily for better results.


  1. If you use its cream, apply it on the skin.
  2. Wash the area and pat dry.
  3. Apply some amount of cream on the affected area and let it dry. You can use it twice daily.


If using its shampoo to treat dandruff, apply it to your scalp directly. Massage with light hands and wash away the shampoo. Before cleaning, make sure to keep it for 3 to 5 minutes. You can use it two times a week.


Your doctor will tell you its dosage after going through the age, health status, and more. They will generally start with a low dosage amount and increase after some time. Do not reduce or increase the dosage yourself.

Missed dose

Medication only works correctly if you stop using it in between. Completing its course as prescribed is mandatory to prevent the risk of reinfection. Take the missed dose once you remember. If it's time for the next dose soon, skip one. Do not compensate for the missed dose by doubling.


Overdosing is not at all recommended. Overdosing on cream and shampoo won't be as harmful as overdosing on pills. Visit the nearby hospital if you find overdosing.

Precautions and warnings

  • Use it at the same time daily.
  • Inform the doctor if you observe yellow urine, skin, or stomach pain.
  • Pregnant women could use it as little is absorbed on the skin, so it doesn't affect the baby.
  • If a breastfeeding mother uses it on her chest, wear it properly before feeding.

Inform your doctor if

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You are allergic to Ketoconazole.
  • You are a liver patient.
  • You are using any other medicines to treat skin infections.

Who cannot use it?

It is not to be used in children below 12 years of age. Also, the one using it should not be allergic to it.


The skin absorbs a small amount of Ketoconazole. As a result, no such medicines interact with it. But always ensure to inform the doctor of all the drugs you are taking to avoid unnecessary effects.

If using another cream to treat inflammation, use both at regular intervals. Wait for at least an hour gap to apply another cream.

It doesn't have any such interactions with herbal supplements. Hence, you can use it with supplements as well.


It is not to be stored in refrigerators. You can store it at an average temperature below 30 degrees. Keep it out of reach of children and pets.

Keep its original packaging while storing it. Also, keep creams and tablets out of the bathroom. Shampoos can be stored in the bathroom area.


If any of the Ketoconazole products expire, throw it in the dustbin. Do not flush it.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use Ketoconazole to prevent hair loss?

Ans- No, it does not help treat hair loss problems. You can use its shampoo only to reduce dandruff and dry scalp problems.

I am 10 years old and facing dandruff problems – can I use it?

Ans- It is not recommended for children below 12 years old. Still, if you are having dandruff problems, consult a doctor. They may suggest you something best for your age.

How much time it takes to work in a body?

Ans- It almost takes 3 to 5 weeks to show its effects. Yet it depends on your condition. Your doctor can best advise you on how long it will take to affect a body.