- Ketoconazole is an antifungal medication used to treat fungal infections in animals, it can also be used to reduce the dosages of certain other drugs like cyclosporine.
- The most common side effects of Ketoconazole include gastrointestinal issues, such as lack of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea, particularly in cats.
- It is important to monitor for persistent vomiting, loss of appetite, or yellowing of gums or whites of the eyes (jaundice) as these signs may indicate liver toxicity. If any of these signs are observed, it is important to stop giving the drug and contact your veterinarian immediately.
- To increase the absorption of ketoconazole, it is recommended to give it with high-fat foods such as cheese, cream, or butter.
- Ketoconazole has many potential drug interactions, so it’s important to consult with your veterinarian or pharmacist before starting any new medications while your animal is taking it.
- Ketoconazole should only be used when it is absolutely necessary in pregnant or breeding animals, as it may cause birth defects and reduce fertility in males.
- Pregnant women should take caution when handling this medication.