Cream or gel (topical, applied directly to the skin)
Pills (oral) and granules (little grains that can be sprinkled over food and easily swallowed)
Allylamines are a class of antifungals used to treat
ringworm of the skin.
Butenafine, naftifine, and terbinafine creams and gels are applied
to infected areas of the skin. Some types of naftifine cream and terbinafine
cream are available without a prescription. You apply these creams 1 to 2 times
a day for up to 4 weeks.
Allylamines kill fungi.
Allylamines are used to treat ringworm. If an antifungal cream does not clear up the infection or if the
infection is widespread or severe, your doctor may prescribe antifungal
Allylamines are an effective treatment for ringworm of the skin, scalp, or beard.
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
or other emergency services right away if you have:
Side effects are rare when you use allylamine creams to treat
ringworm. But some people have noticed these problems:
Call your doctor right away if you have:
Common side effects of this medicine include:
If you are taking antifungal pills, your doctor may monitor your
blood count and liver function during treatment to watch for any bad side
effects. This may not be needed in people who are otherwise healthy.
Do not drink
alcohol while taking terbinafine pills, because this may increase your risk for
Allylamine pills should not be taken with some other
medicines, such as an excessive amount of acetaminophen (Tylenol). Let your
doctor know what other medicines you are taking.
Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. Taking medicine as your doctor suggests will improve your health and may prevent future problems. If you don't take your medicines properly, you may be putting your health (and perhaps your life) at risk.
There are many reasons why people have trouble taking their medicine. But in most cases, there is something you can do. For suggestions on how to work around common problems, see the topic Taking Medicines as Prescribed.
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. If you need to use this medicine, talk to your doctor about how you can prevent pregnancy.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
December 21, 2012
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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