Selected Corticosteroids/Itraconazole; Ketoconazole
This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug or commencing any course of treatment.
Moderate. These medicines may cause some risk when taken together. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
Itraconazole and ketoconazole may slow down how quickly your body processes your corticosteroid.
What might happen:
The levels of corticosteroid in your blood may increase.
What you should do about this interaction:
Tell your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) that you are taking both of these medicines. Your doctor may wish to change the dose of your medicine or change your medicine. Let your doctor know right away if you notice any swelling of your face, neck, or trunk; pain in the abdomen or back, prolonged sore throat or fever, or mood changes.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
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