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Ketoconazole

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Ketoconazole is an antifungal medication used to treat fungal infections in your pet. Your veterinarian may prescribe this medication for other conditions, such as Cushing's disease in dogs. It may also be prescribed with cyclosporin to decrease the elimination of cyclosporin.

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How do I give this medication?

"Give this medication with food, preferably a fatty meal."

  • Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
  • Give this medication with food, preferably a fatty meal.
  • If the medicine is a liquid, measure the dose accurately.
  • Try to give this medication at about the same time each day.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed.
  • DO NOT give the medicine more often than directed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.
  • Generally, this medication needs to be given over a long period; contact your veterinarian ahead of time if your pet requires medication refills.

 

What do I do if I miss giving a dose?

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once. Contact your veterinarian if you miss giving doses two or more days in a row.

 

How do I store this medicine?

  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
  • Store this medicine in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight.
  • Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.

 

What are the potential side effects?

  • Your pet may experience some stomach upset, give this medication with meals.
  • If symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting and lack of appetite persist, contact your veterinarian.
  • Lightening of the hair coat may occur.
  • Since this medication may stop sperm production, use caution in male animals intended for breeding.
  • Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

 

Are there any possible drug interactions?

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and sometimes a drug interaction may be anticipated. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • The following medicines can potentially interact with ketoconazole: antacids, cimetidine, ranitidine, propantheline, mitotane, warfarin, phenytoin, methylprednisolone, cisapride, theophylline, rifampin, isoniazid, acyclovir, and cyclosporin.
  • The following medications should not be given with ketoconazole: astemizole, cisapride or terfenadine.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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