Fungal Infections: Risks of Oral Antifungals - Topic Overview
Oral antifungal medicines may be used to treat a fungal infection, such as
athlete's foot or a
fungal nail infection. Before you decide to take this type of medicine, you and your doctor will want to consider the risks. Some antifungal
- Affect liver or kidney function.
- Cause liver damage or failure, especially when combined with
alcohol or certain medicines.
- Weaken the
heart's ability to contract. This can lead to
- Cause dangerous side effects
when combined with many common medicines.
During oral antifungal treatment, your doctor may
require blood tests to check your kidney and liver function.
Mild side effects caused by these medicines may include
stomach upset, headaches, and skin rash.