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Econazole cream

Generic Name: econazole (e-KON-a-zole)
Brand Name: Spectazole

Econazole cream is used for:

Treating certain fungal infections of the skin.

Econazole cream is an antifungal agent. It works by killing sensitive fungi by interfering with the formation of the fungal cell membrane and weakening it.

Do NOT use econazole cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in econazole cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using econazole cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with econazole cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have alcoholism or consume 3 or more alcohol-containing drinks every day, you have severe liver or kidney disease, you are receiving dialysis, or you have the blood disease porphyria or a nervous system disease

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with econazole cream. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Warfarin because the risk of bleeding may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if econazole cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use econazole cream:

Use econazole cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Econazole cream is for topical use on the skin only.
  • Wash and completely dry the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • Unless your hands are part of the treated area, wash your hands with soap and water immediately after applying econazole cream to remove any medicine left on the hands.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use econazole cream for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • If you miss a dose of econazole cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use econazole cream.

Important safety information:

  • Econazole cream is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes. If you get it in your eyes, rinse right away with cool tap water.
  • Do not scratch if you can help it. Scratching can cause more irritation and spread the infection.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using econazole cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if econazole cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use econazole cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of econazole cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Burning; itching; redness; stinging of skin.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe skin irritation.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of econazole cream:

Store econazole cream below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep econazole cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about econazole cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Econazole cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take econazole cream or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about econazole cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to econazole cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using econazole cream.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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