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User Reviews for Ketoconazole

Ketoconazole has an average rating of 6.2 out of 10 from a total of 20 ratings on Drugs.com. 55% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 35% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Vaginal Yeast Infection  Off-label
5.0
6 reviews 58 medications
Tinea Versicolor  Off-label
7.5
5 reviews 96 medications
Dermatophytosis  Off-label
8.5
3 reviews 11 medications
Onychomycosis, Toenail  Off-label
10.0
2 reviews 20 medications
Oral Thrush  Off-label
1.5
2 reviews 31 medications
Coccidioidomycosis  
10.0
1 reviews 8 medications
Tinea Corporis  Off-label
1.0
1 reviews 118 medications
Summary of Ketoconazole reviews 6.2 20 reviews

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Reviews for Ketoconazole

C · Taken for less than 1 month October 13, 2019

For Vaginal Yeast Infection: “Made me a bit nauseous off and on for the first week, then intense, debilitating stomach cramps and diarrhea on the 8th or 9th day of use. Also did not cure the yeast infection. At first it seemed like it was working, then symptoms came back worse than before.”

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Anonymous June 26, 2011

For Vaginal Yeast Infection: “I have Lyme Disease so I got a yeast Infection from antibiotic usage. My yeast infection is nothing like you will find. Basically just feels like rug burn on the head of my penis. Unfortunately it rubs in my underwear when I walk around so its VERY ANNOYING. I was given Diflucan and it gave me head pressure so they gave Ketoconazole and its my second/third day on it. I have NOT seen any substantial improvements. Yes its helped but this should work faster.”

3 / 10
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Shaun W · Taken for less than 1 month March 26, 2013

“I only started this medication 6 hours a go from writing this and my ears are clearing up my neck is less stiff but the bladder is still a bit irritated so might take a bit longer for my bladder irritation. 3 Years a go I started suffering pain, jaw problems, neck, bladder, bowl, throat, tonsils removed, MRI on jaw clicking, I do have H pylori, Dry skin, Depression, anxiety, intestine problems and just all out hell. To find out it is possibly a fungi infection is WOW. WHY DON'T DOCTORS TEST FOR THIS MORE. Meds Oxycodone Methadone Para/Codeine Valium Xanax And the list goes on and overall this has helped me in 6 Hours then what has in 3 years. Post back in 2 weeks to let you know how it went.”

10 / 10
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ac2521 October 20, 2015

Nizoral (ketoconazole) for Tinea Versicolor: “I have a severe case of tinea versicolor & I have tried several over-the-counter remedies as well as a couple prescriptions. I read the other comments on here was hopeful based on their experience, so I asked my doctor for it! WORST IDEA EVER!!!! I was also on a few other medications @ the same time for ADD & depression/anxiety. the Nizoral had a completely unexpected interaction & caused me to go crazy. no really- I mean hallucinating, talking to inanimate objects, thinking my car & trees & such things were ALIVE alive... absolutely out-of-my-mind nuts. it was terrifying. PLEASE!!!-- if you are going to try Nizoral & you're on any other medication I beg you to stay in CLOSE & HONEST communication with your doctor. PLEASE BE CAREFUL!!!”

1 / 10
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Matvei · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 16, 2020

“Had such high cortisol that docs thought I had a tumor (Cushing's Disease), but the MRI didn't turn one up so they diagnosed me with pseudo-Cushing's, a wastebasket term for inexplicably high cortisol. Pseudo-C wrecked my whole body: insomnia, testosterone below 300, zero sex drive, low immunity, gut issues, muscle wasting, low metabolism, visceral fat, physical anxiety (anxiety that comes from your body, not your mind), hypertension (I'm a scrawny vegan! WTF), sickest I've ever been. Ketoconazole smashed the cortisol, so much so that I ended up with LOW cortisol and had such bad nausea that I had to stop. It did work, but it replaced the old problems with new ones: erection issues , new insomnia, nausea nausea nausea, no appetite (had to force myself to eat, and only wanted yogurt), constipation, lethargy. Most of those are low cortisol, but the erection problems, even lower testosterone, and nausea are all ketoconazole. It worked, but at a high price:”

6 / 10
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Euro · Taken for 1 to 2 years January 6, 2016

For Dermatophytosis: “I started using treatments for a skin rash that suddenly started appearing on my body, after using a box which Is equal 10 tablets I realised the rashes where disappearing so I stop using it several days or weeks later the rashes had start coming again, now I started taking it and I'm having a pretty bad side effects but I can see is working but side effects on my liver and a little swollen of my tongue too. Should I stop using it and start using it in its correct way that's one tablet (200mg) a day for 6 months?”

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Rh1431 · Taken for less than 1 month March 5, 2018

For Oral Thrush: “Avoid!! Needed for a really bad oral thrush infection from antibiotics and ended up gastritis and liver problems! I am a health 27 year old female and have never had anything wrong with my liver, ever! I immediately stopped using once I started to endure side effects after 5 days of 2x daily. Please use other methods. I have never been in such pain in my life and had to go to urgent care!!”

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rhemcg1413 · Taken for less than 1 month March 5, 2018

For Oral Thrush: “Do not take! I am a healthy 27 year old female that had a bad case of oral thrush due to an antibiotic and instantly started experiencing side pain. I waited five days before experiencing pain excruciating enough to make me chose childbirth over this pain. I went to urgent care and was diagnosed with gastritis because of this medication and it messed my liver up! Do not take!! There are better options!!!”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month October 7, 2019

For Tinea Corporis: “Well I was in Mexico and decided to go to a urologist to check if everything is ok with my balls and penis since I recently got a girlfriend and we have sex. Everything was ok but the doctor noticed some fungus on my penis so he prescribed me with some creme and these pills for medication for 3 weeks straight. Well I took them for 3 days then decided to go on google and found out a lot of negativity regarding these mediciations. I do not want to mess up my liver. I read a lot of side effects that could damage the liver. So I decided to stop using these pills.”

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Carole · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 14, 2020

For Coccidioidomycosis: “I have been using ketoconazole shampoo for 3 mos., scalp lesions are now dried up... I had been active since Nov. 2019 and through Oct. 2020. It works really well, except that its very drying; used coconut oil with essential oils for that (cocci. doesn't react), and they simply moved south, from inside the scalp to other parts of the body. Now, I am dealing with them in ears, sinus, neck lesion, one battle at a time, but my scalp which is very visible (due to much hair loss), is a positive. I recommend it.”

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Anonymous August 30, 2021

For Tinea Versicolor: “Studies support two doses of oral Nizoral eliminated tinea versicolor if > 90% of patients. Some doctors will use one dose daily for however many days but it can be rough on liver enzymes (and the liver) It will come back many times annually during humid conditions. Repeating the same regimen usually takes care of it again within days”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month October 18, 2021

“You have to be careful taking this medicine! And don't take it for a long. I took this as hormone balancing treatment. I am mid-thirty's female and I had really high cortisol due to chronic stress, which caused cushings like symptomps. I had buffalo hump fat. Belly fat. Striations /stretch marks on my belly, thighs and love handles while having skinny arms and legs. I started to grow masculine hair on my face and body. Acne on my lower face. But the worst part was the horrible morning anxiety ( when cortisol peaks upon waking). My body was buzzing with anxiety and I had an anxiety "pit" in my stomach. I was not able to think straight, I was so wired with cortisol. Cortisol was destroying my body. I even started losing my hair on my head. So for 2 weeks ONLY I took 200mg Ketokonazole before bed. This was in combinaton with Levothyroxine/Thyronorm 12mcg in the morning to balance lower thyroid. Buplerum liver cleanse to counteract. I was miraculously anxiety free. It was great”

10 / 10
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Anonymous October 11, 2011

Nizoral (ketoconazole) for Vaginal Yeast Infection: “Excellent for vaginal infection. ”

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Nana19592013 · Taken for less than 1 month November 19, 2013

For Vaginal Yeast Infection: “Using this as a treatment for yeast infection and skin infection. It has had a remarkable response to the yeast infection but not so for the skin. ”

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waldoe7 · Taken for less than 1 month July 19, 2012

Nizoral (ketoconazole) for Tinea Versicolor: “My son and I both have taken Nizoral twice a day for 6 days. It cleared the issue up completely in approximately one month. However, it seems to return after a few years.”

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stillokie · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 12, 2015

For Onychomycosis, Toenail: “Took nizoral and my GI distress symptoms resolved, all toenails cleared of fungus growth symptoms including big toenails fell off and new healthy ones replaced, and scalp cleared up from dandruff.”

10 / 10
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subjeff679 August 17, 2012

Nizoral (ketoconazole) for Tinea Versicolor: “To be more effective Tinea versicolor has to be treated on the inside with the pills, and on the outside with the shampoo. The dermatologist informed me of this. ”

10 / 10
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timan April 6, 2015

For Tinea Versicolor: “I experienced iching While on medication and immediately I Stoped taking _which was after three weeks treatment but the tinea disappeared”

9 / 10
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veerakumarsusmitha November 5, 2011

For Dermatophytosis: “Excellent”

10 / 10
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2ridofyeast September 23, 2009

For Vaginal Yeast Infection: “Works well.”

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Patty · Taken for less than 1 month June 13, 2018

For Onychomycosis, Toenail: “Currently I am taking the tablet for toenails fungus, and head dandruff. I am on day 4 I haven't seen any results yet but I think it's too soon”

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Dee March 7, 2021

For Vaginal Yeast Infection: “I started itching more and it did not help me at all.”

1 / 10
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b0bsc0fld · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 21, 2021

For Dermatophytosis: “Foam goes flat before end of unit quantity. Shame, at $660 a can, on you.”

7 / 10
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