ketoconazole - oral, Nizoral
GENERIC NAME: KETOCONAZOLE - ORAL (kee-toe-CON-uh-zole)
BRAND NAME(S): Nizoral
WARNING: Rarely, ketoconazole has caused severe (sometimes fatal) liver problems. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop signs of liver problems such as persistent nausea, vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin, unusual tiredness. To reduce your risk for liver problems, your doctor will monitor liver function tests while you are taking this medication. Do not drink alcohol while taking ketoconazole because alcohol increases the risk of serious liver problems.
Ketoconazole must not be used with certain other medications because a serious, possibly fatal, drug interaction may occur. Ketoconazole interacts with drugs such as amiodarone, cisapride, dofetilide, pimozide, quinidine, macrolide antibiotics including erythromycin, among others. These interactions may increase the risk of a certain condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can infrequently result in serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that require immediate medical attention. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medications and products you may be taking before you start ketoconazole treatment.
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