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Ketoconazole (Generic) Antifungal Tablets for Dogs and Cats


Why has my veterinarian prescribed Ketoconazole Antifungal Tablets?

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


How do I give Ketoconazole Antifungal Tablets?


  • Give Ketoconazole to your pet as directed by your veterinarian.
  • Give your pet this medicine with food, preferably a fatty meal.
  • If Ketoconazole is prescribed as a liquid measure the dose carefully.
  • Try to give this medication at the same time each day.
  • DO NOT give your pet more medicine than directed.
  • DO NOT give your pet medicine more often than prescribed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.
  • Generally, this medication needs to be given over a long period. Plan ahead to ensure you have the refills you need.



If I miss a dose, what do I do?

If you miss a dose, give it to your pet as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, then continue with the regular dosing schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.


Contact your veterinarian if you miss giving doses two or more days in a row.


How do I store Ketoconazole Antifungal Tablets?

Keep this medicine out of reach of children.


Store this medicine at room temperature in a dry, cool place. Keep this medicine away from heat and direct sunlight.


Do not store this medicine in damp places, in the bathroom, or near the kitchen sink. This medication can break down when exposed to moisture or heat.


What are the potential side effects of Ketoconazole Antifungal Tablets?

Because Ketoconazole may cause stomach upset, give your pet this medication with meals.


If diarrhea, vomiting, and lack of appetite persist, contact your veterinarian.


Lightening of the hair coat may occur.


This medication may stop sperm production, use it with caution in male animals intended for breeding.


Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.


What about possible drug interactions?

Be sure to tell your veterinarian about any other medications you are giving to your pet.


It’s not uncommon for your veterinarian to prescribe two different medications, which may cause a drug interaction to occur. If this happens, your veterinarian may change the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.


The following medicines may 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.

You can find a Client Information Sheet which provides a summary of information about Ketoconazole Tablets for Pets by following the link below:


Ketoconazole Client Information Sheet*


If you have questions or concerns about Ketoconazole Tablets, or conditions related to its use, contact your pet's veterinarian or pharmacist.


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Brand names of ketoconazole include Nizoral