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FDA Medwatch Alert: Nizoral (ketoconazole) Oral Tablets: Drug Safety Communication - Prescribing for Unapproved Uses including Skin and Nail Infections Continues; Linked to Patient Death

Posted 23 May 2016 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is warning health care professionals to avoid prescribing the antifungal medicine ketoconazole oral tablets to treat skin and nail fungal infections. Use of this medication carries the risk of serious liver damage, adrenal gland problems, and harmful interactions with other medicines that outweigh its benefit in treating these conditions, which are not approved uses of the drug. FDA approved label changes for oral ketoconazole tablets in 2013 to reflect these serious risks and to remove the indications for treatment of skin and nail fungal infections. However, an FDA safety review found that oral ketoconazole continues to be prescribed for these types of conditions. Since the 2013 labeling change, one patient death has been reported to the FDA due to liver failure associated with oral ketoconazole prescribed to treat a fungal infection of the nails.  See the full Drug Safety ... Read more

Related support groups: Tinea Corporis, Ketoconazole, Onychomycosis - Toenail, Tinea Cruris, Diaper Rash, Nizoral, Cutaneous Candidiasis, Tinea Barbae, Tinea Versicolor, Onychomycosis - Fingernail, Tinea Pedis, Tinea Capitis, Onychomycosis, Chronic Mucocutaneous Candidiasis, Dermatophytosis, See also Cutaneous Fungal Infections, Cutaneous Sporotrichosis, Chromomycosis, Eumycetoma, Cutaneous Fungal Infection

Psoriasis, Cold Sores Most Stigmatized Skin Disorders: Survey

Posted 9 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 – Psoriasis and cold sores top the list of stigmatized skin conditions, a new survey indicates, but experts say much of the ill will directed at sufferers is misguided. Surveying 56 people, Boston researchers found that nearly 61 percent wrongly thought psoriasis – which produces widespread, scaly red skin lesions – looked contagious, and about nine in 10 said they would pity a person who had it. About four in 10 said herpes simplex, or cold sore, is the most bothersome skin condition. "We knew from other studies that psoriasis seemed to be more stigmatizing than other skin diseases, [and] we did this study to try to find out why," said study author Dr. Alexa Kimball, a dermatology professor at Harvard Medical School. "We suspected that the fact that it looked infectious could be part of the reason people reacted strongly to it, but we didn't expect that reaction ... Read more

Related support groups: Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, Cold sores, Warts, Rosacea, Plaque Psoriasis, Vitiligo, Tinea Versicolor, Herpes Simplex Labialis, Minor Skin Conditions, Minor Skin Irritation

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