GENERIC NAME: ketoconazole
BRAND NAME: Nizoral, Nizoral A-D, Ketodan, Extina, Xolegel, Kuric
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Ketoconazole is an anti-fungal medication in the same family of drugs as fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), and miconazole (Micatin, Monistat). It prevents growth of several types of fungi by preventing production of the membranes that surround fungal cells. The FDA approved ketoconazole in June 1981.
PRESCRIBED FOR: Oral ketoconazole treats a variety of fungal infections such as candidiasis of the skin or mouth (thrush), blastomycosis, histoplasmosis, coccidiomycosis, and others. Ketoconazole also is used to treat fungal infections that have not responded to griseofulvin, another antifungal medication. Topical ketoconazole is used for treating ringworm, jock itch, athlete's foot, dandruff, and tinea versicolor.
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