In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02237235 ||APO-KETOCONAZOLE 200MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Ketoconazole belongs to the family of medications called antifungals. It is used to treat certain types of serious fungal infections. Ketoconazole is used to treat both internal (in the body) and external (on the skin) fungal infections. Ketoconazole works by preventing the fungus from making normal cell walls, thereby stopping fungal growth.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose of ketoconazole is 200 mg once daily with a meal. Occasionally, adults may need to take 400 mg daily. Children's doses are based on their body weight.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
The length of treatment depends on the response to the medication as well as the condition being treated; it can range from 1 week to 12 months. Ketoconazole should not be taken within 2 hours of taking an antacid.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by the doctor. If you miss a dose of scheduled medication take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and carry on with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each round, white-to-slightly-grey, flat-faced, bevelled-edged tablet, engraved "APO-200" above the partial bisect on one side and plain on the other, contains ketoconazole 200 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, dextrates, and magnesium stearate.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Ketoconazole should not be taken by anyone who:
- is allergic to ketoconazole or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- is pregnant, or may become pregnant, unless effective forms of birth control are used
- is taking any of the following medications:
- midazolam (taken by mouth)
- has reduced liver function