ANTIFUNGALS - TOPICAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S):
Desenex, Fungoid, Loprox, Lotrimin, Micatin, Monistat-Derm, Mycelex, Mycostatin, Tinactin
This medication is used to treat fungal skin infections.
HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION:
Clean and dry the affected area before applying the medication. To apply, gently massage a small amount of the medication to the affected area and surrounding skin. Continue to use the medication as prescribed for the full time prescribed. Stopping therapy too early may not clear the infection, causing it to return. Cover with a bandage only if instructed to do so by your doctor. It may take one week before any improvement is seen. If no improvement is seen after four weeks, consult your doctor. Another medication may be necessary. Do not apply this medication into the eyes, nose or mouth; use carefully when applying close to these areas.
This medication may cause burning, stinging or redness when first applied to the skin. This should disappear in a few days as your body adjusts to the medication. If these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor promptly. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of:
other skin conditions, any allergies. Before using this drug, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of:
other skin products. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.
This medication is prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it for another infection or share it with someone else. Another infection later on may require a different medicine.
If you miss a dose, apply as soon as remembered and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not “double-up” the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and sunlight. Avoid freezing. Keep powdered form from getting wet. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep out of the reach of children.
Revision date: July 8, 2011
Last revised: by Sebastian Scheller, MD, ScD
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