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Review: could Ketoconazole cause Shingles (Herpes zoster)?

We study 2,532 people who have side effects while taking Ketoconazole from FDA and social media. Among them, 42 have Shingles. Find out below who they are, when they have Shingles and more.

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Ketoconazole

Ketoconazole (latest outcomes from 2,672 users) has active ingredients of ketoconazole. It is often used in fungal infection.

Shingles

Shingles (a painful, contagious rash caused by the chickenpox virus) (latest reports from 116,990 patients) has been reported by people with rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, multiple myeloma.

On Sep, 18, 2014: 2,532 people reported to have side effects when taking Ketoconazole. Among them, 42 people (1.66%) have Shingles.

Trend of Shingles in Ketoconazole reports

Time on Ketoconazole when people have Shingles * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Shingles0.00%0.00%0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Age of people who have Shingles when taking Ketoconazole * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Shingles0.00%2.63%0.00%0.00%26.32%2.63%7.89%60.53%

Severity of Shingles when taking Ketoconazole ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Shingles ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Breast cancer (8 people, 19.05%)
  2. Metastases to bone (8 people, 19.05%)
  3. Bipolar i disorder (8 people, 19.05%)
  4. Insomnia (7 people, 16.67%)
  5. Depression (5 people, 11.90%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aredia (29 people, 69.05%)
  2. Zometa (26 people, 61.90%)
  3. Vicodin (25 people, 59.52%)
  4. Oxycontin (23 people, 54.76%)
  5. Ambien (23 people, 54.76%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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    patientrh on Apr, 2, 2014:

    I have been experiencing the same problem, i was recently put o 10 mcg of adderall and have been on levothyroxine (150mcg)for about 2 years now. And to be honest i havent been the same person for those two year, I lost ambition, drive, thinking ability as well as having trouble focusing at tasks at hand I also get anxiety an jittery feeling when around people.I am also looking for answers myself? I am wondering if I should stop taking levothyroxine and see if that will work..

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    Tracy on Jun, 5, 2010:

    I have also had low energy and depression for many years. Two years ago my psych put me on Ritalin after diagnosing me with ADHD. At that time I was on Zoloft, I believe, which wasn't working. so he put me on Wellbutrin several months ago. I have lost 35 to 40 pounds in the last year and a half and have lost 2 -3 lbs. just in about 5 days. My family believes it's from Ritalin and/or the combination with Wellbutrin. However, I didn't start losing weight until 7 months after I began Ritalin. I also have most of the symptoms of Lupus so just wondering if anyone else has experienced this.

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