What is Ketoconazole? Full information, usage, benefits and side effects

What is Ketoconazole? Full information, usage, benefits and side effects


Ketoconazole sold under the brand name Nizoral. It works by slowing the growth of fungi that cause infections.


Use ketoconazole only if other antifungals cannot be used. Ketoconazole can seriously damage the liver, potentially leading to liver transplantation or death.

Ketoconazole is not intended to treat fungal infections of the toenails. This drug is also not intended to treat prostate cancer or Cushing's syndrome.


Ketoconazole is available as an oral tablet. In general, take once a day. Take ketoconazole at about the same time each day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to clarify any areas you do not understand. Take ketoconazole as directed. Do not take more or less, or more often than directed by your doctor.

Side Effects:

Some side effects can be serious:

  • rapid or pounding heartbeat
  • fluttering chest
  • shortness of breath
  • sudden dizziness (like passing out)
  • unusual weakness
  • fatigue
  • dizziness
  • nausea 
  • vomiting
  • Liver problems { Liver problems can lead to death or the need for a liver transplant }

Some side effects may include:

  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain
  • breast swelling
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • Abnormal liver function tests


Please consult your doctor/physician/specialist before taking any healthcare products. In case of allergic reaction to the medicines/substance, please take immediate medical help.

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