Ketoconazole is an antifungal drug used to treat fungal infections of the skin, fungal infection of the foot and hand. It is also used for the prevention and treatment of fungal infection of the scalp including dandruff and yeast infections of the skin.

How it works

Ketoconazole acts mainly by preventing the growth of fungi. It prevents yeasts and fungi from reproducing and from making their protective outer cell wall.

Common side effects

Decreased Platelets, Bleeding, Inability to achieve erection, Blockade of synthesis of hormones from adrenal glands, Itching of skin, Indigestion, Ketoconazole cream and shampoo: skin burning sensation, Dryness, Folliculitis, Skin rash, Numbness, Vomiting, Burning of skin, Increased tears, Abdominal pain diarrhoea, Redness of skin, Discomfort, Hair loss, Raised pressure in fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord, Skin exfoliation sticky skin, Application site bleeding, Irritation, Hypersensitivity reactions, Dizziness, Intolerance to sunlight, Liver damage, Pricking, Tingling, Hair loss, Enlargement of breasts in men, Drowsiness and rash, Inflammation, Headache, Decreased sperm count, Menstrual disorders