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Ketoconazole Gel Side Effects

It is unlikely that ketoconazole gel will cause dangerous reactions. However, if you are using this skin gel and develop severe skin reactions, worsening of seborrhea, or any signs of an allergic reaction, make sure to contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Clinical studies have shown that the most common side effect of ketoconazole gel is a burning sensation at the application site.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Ketoconazole Gel

Just like any medicine, ketoconazole gel (Xolegel®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses this product will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with ketoconazole gel. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Ketoconazole Gel Side Effects to Report

In general, ketoconazole gel appears unlikely to cause serious side effects. However, as with any skin medication, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you experience any of the following potentially serious side effects:
 
  • Extreme skin irritation or other bothersome or intolerable skin reactions
  • Worsening of seborrhea
  • Sensitivity to the sun
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
 
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling (especially of the lips, mouth, or throat)
    • Wheezing or other breathing problems.
 
Large oral doses of ketoconazole (the active ingredient in ketoconazole gel) can cause liver problems and hormonal imbalances, although these problems have not been seen with ketoconazole products applied to the skin like ketoconazole gel.
 
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