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Ketoconazole (Generic) Tablets, 200-mg, 1 tablet

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Description

Ketoconazole is an antifungal medication used to treat fungal and yeast infections, as well as some infections caused by ringworm. Veterinarians sometimes use this medication for companion animals. Customers may receive this drug under the names Nizoral, Ketochlor.

Uses

Ketoconazole tablets are indicated for the treatment of fungal infections as well as some yeast and dermatophyte (ringworm) infections.

Possible Side Effects

Gastrointestinal signs of anorexia, vomiting, and/or diarrhea and weight loss are the most common adverse effects seen with ketoconazole therapy and are more prevalent in cats. Dividing the dose and/or giving it with meals may minimize gastrointestinal side effects. Appetite stimulants such as oxazepam or cyproheptadine may also be of benefit in cats.

Hepatic toxicity consisting of cholangiohepatitis and increased liver enzymes has been reported with ketoconazole, and may be either idiosyncratic in nature or a dose-related phenomenon. Cats may be more prone to developing hepatotoxicity than dogs. While liver enzymes should be monitored during therapy, an increase does not necessarily mandate dosage reduction or discontinuation unless concomitant anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain is present. Thrombocytopenia has also been reported with ketoconazole therapy, but is rarely encountered. A reversible lightening of haircoat may also occur in pets treated with ketoconazole. Cataracts in dogs, anecdotally attributed to ketoconazole therapy has been reported.

Ketoconazole has a transient dose-related suppressant effect on gonadal and adrenal steroid synthesis. Doses as low as 10 mg/kg depressed serum testosterone levels in dogs within 3-4 hours after dosing, but levels returned to normal within 10 hours. Doses of 30 mg/kg/day have been demonstrated to suppress serum cortisol levels in dogs with hyperadrenocorticism. Dogs undergoing high dose antifungal therapy may need additional glucocorticoid support during periods of acute stress.

Drug & Food Interactions

Ketoconazole should not be used in pets with known hypersensitivity to it. It should be used with caution in pets with hepatic disease or thrombocytopenia. Because of its effects on cortisol synthesis, it should be used with caution in pets undergoing stressful events (eg, surgery, trauma, critical illness).

Precautions

Not for use in pets who are pregnant, lactating, have liver disease or blood clotting problems. Do not administer to cats.

NOTE: For Generic Medications, picture displayed may not depict actual product. Generic medications may vary from one order to the next by size, color and shape depending on manufacturer. Customers may receive the same drug under the names Nizoral, Ketochlor.

This drug is FDA-approved for human use. However, it is common practice for veterinarians to prescribe such drugs for use in dogs and cats.

  1. Prescribing Information

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  • Item Number
    146741
  • Brand

    Ketoconazole

  • Dosage Measure

    Use according to your veterinarian's instructions.

  • Common Brand Name(s)

    Nizoral, Ketochlor

  • For Use With

    Dogs & Cats

  • Generic Name

    Ketoconazole

  • Product Form

    Tablet

  • Health Condition

    Fungal Infections, Cushing's Disease, Skin Infections, Ringworm

  • Drug Type

    Antifungal

Ingredients
Ingredients

Ketoconazole.

Instructions
Recommended Dosage

Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. Do not stop administering this medication or change dosage without explicit instructions from a professional.

Storage Instructions

Store at temperatures between 68° - 77°F.

FAQ

What is Ketoconazole?

These are oral tablets that are used to treat fungal, yeast, and some dermatophyte (ringworm) infections.

What are the benefits of Ketoconazole?

  • Generic formulation that works!
  • Can help in the treatment of severe internal and external fungal infections, yeast infections, and some ringworm infections.
  • Can also be an option for treating Cushing's disease (hyperadrenocorticism).

How is this medication given?

Your veterinarian will determine the exact dose and frequency of dosing that is right for your pet. Give all prescribed medication by mouth. Always contact your veterinarian if you are not sure how to give this medication correctly.

How does this medication work?

Ketoconazole acts on the cell membrane of fungus or yeast halting the growth of susceptible organisms. Ketoconazole is also effective in blocking the production of corticosteroids by the adrenal gland so it may also be given to your pet if he/she suffers from Cushing's disease.

What results can I expect?

Results are not immediate. It can take approximately 1-2 weeks to see any obvious improvement in your pets condition but complete resolution of your pets fungal or yeast infection may not occur for a number of weeks. Never stop giving this medication before the entire course is complete unless otherwise directed or symptoms may recur or worsen. If your pet is not improving, contact your veterinarian for further instructions.

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