This medication is used to treat a variety of fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch. It also helps to relieve the itching, burning, cracking, and scaling from these infections. Terbinafine is an antifungal that works by preventing the growth of fungus.
Use this medication on the skin only. Clean and thoroughly dry the area to be treated. Apply a thin layer of the medication on and around the affected area, usually once daily as directed on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Wash your hands after using unless the area being treated includes the hands. Do not wrap, cover, or bandage the area unless directed to do so by your doctor.
Do not apply this medication on the scalp or nails unless directed by your doctor.
Do not apply more often or use longer than directed. Doing so may increase the risk of side effects.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.
Continue to use this medication until the full treatment period is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.
Your condition may continue to improve after the full treatment is finished. It may take several weeks after treatment for the infection to completely heal. Tell your doctor if your condition worsens or does not improve within 2 weeks.
Burning, irritation, or itching at the application site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: blistering/swelling/oozing at the application site.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Before using terbinafine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other allylamine antifungals (e.g., naftifine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
If you have the following health problem, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product: athlete's foot on the bottom or side of the foot.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Other forms of this medication pass into breast milk when taken by mouth. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk when applied to the skin. This drug should not be used on the breast while breast-feeding. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you are using this medication under your doctor's direction, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: drugs that weaken the immune system (e.g., cyclosporine, corticosteroids such as prednisone).
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If swallowing or overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.
If you are treating athlete's foot, make sure to wear well-fitting, ventilated shoes. Also, change shoes and socks at least once daily.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at or below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) away from heat. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Information last revised March 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.
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