Griseofulvin for Ringworm of the Skin
|Generic Name||Brand Name|
|griseofulvin||Grifulvin V, Gris-PEG|
Griseofulvin is taken as a pill (orally).
You take it once or twice a day for 2 to 8 weeks.
How It Works
Griseofulvin inhibits the growth of fungi.
Why It Is Used
Griseofulvin is used to treat
ringworm of the skin, especially if ringworm has not
cleared after using topical medicine or when ringworm rash is
How Well It Works
Griseofulvin is an effective treatment for ringworm of the
You should take it with fatty foods for better absorption in the
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference
is not available in all systems.)
If you are taking antifungal pills, your doctor may monitor your
blood count and liver and kidney function during treatment to watch for any bad
side effects. This may not be needed in healthy children.
What To Think About
- Woman who are pregnant, people with certain
diseases such as
lupus, and people who are allergic to penicillin
should not take griseofulvin.
- You should not take griseofulvin with some other medicines, such
as birth control pills or blood thinners. Let your doctor know what other
medicines you are taking.
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