1 What is Xolegel?

Brand: Xolegel

Generic: Ketoconazole

Xolegel is an anti-fungal drug under the azole group, used to treat a fungal infection called seborrheic dermatitis. This infection affects the skin or scalp and is manifested by dry, flaky or scaly skin in the scalp, ears, chest or upper back.

Read your medication guide and follow your doctor’s prescription at all times.

  • Apply Xolegel topically or on the affected skin, once a day for 14 days per doctor’s prescription. Do not ingest this medication because this is for external use only.
  • Wash hands before and after applying Xolegel. Likewise, wash and pat dry the affected site before treatment. Then put on a small amount of this topical medication on the affected skin and include some of the normal skin adjacent to or around it. Avoid washing the treated site for at least 3 hours after applying this drug.
  • The dosage depends on your medical condition or treatment response. Do not adjust your dose without your doctor’s recommendation.
  • Keep Xolegel away from your eyes, nose or mouth. Otherwise, rinse with water immediately once this medication gets in contact with the said body areas.
  • Continue using Xolegel on a regular schedule (same time of the day). Do not stop applying this medication abruptly without consulting your doctor.

Inform your doctor immediately if your condition aggravates or does not improve.

Apply your missed dose as soon as possible. However, make sure that the time interval between the missed and the next dose is not too close. Otherwise, stick with the regular schedule and leave out the missed dose. Do not double dose to cover up a missed dose. Record your missed dose and inform your doctor immediately if you missed several doses.

Some drugs may either lessen the beneficial effects or worsen the side effects of Xolegel. Likewise, Xolegel may make some drugs less efficient or intensify their side effects.

Make sure to inform your doctor about all other drugs you are currently taking or using (prescribed and non-prescribed medications including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products) to check for possible drug interaction with Xolegel.

Never alter the doses of other medications while on Xolegel neither stop nor start any medicine without the doctor’s recommendation.

Side Effects: There are no side effects known aside from a possible allergic reaction in people who have previous or unknown hypersensitivity to the drug.

Watch out for signs of allergic reactions such as:

  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Swelling

Before taking Xolegel, tell your health care provider if you have/are:

  • Any allergies to any substance, food or medication, particularly to ketoconazole (Xolegel) or other azole antifungals (i.e. miconazole) 
  • Pregnant, planning to get pregnant or currently breastfeeding a child (It is not known if Xolegel can harm the unborn child or if it can pass through breast milk that may harm the nursing child. The risks and benefits of using this medication during pregnancy must be discussed well with your doctor).
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