Generic Name: naftifine (NAF-ti-feen)
Brand Name: Naftin
Naftifine gel is used for:
Treating athlete's foot. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Naftifine gel is an antifungal gel. Exactly how it works is not known. It is thought to inhibit production of a certain enzyme necessary for the life of the fungus.
Do NOT use naftifine gel if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in naftifine gel
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using naftifine gel:
Some medical conditions may interact with naftifine gel. 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
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with naftifine gel. Because little, if any, of naftifine gel is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if naftifine gel 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 naftifine gel:
Use naftifine gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Wash and completely dry the affected area. Apply a thin layer of naftifine gel to the affected area and to a half-inch area of healthy, surrounding skin and rub in gently as directed by your doctor.
- Make sure you apply the medicine to the spaces between the toes. Wear well-fitting, ventilated shoes. Change shoes and socks at least once a day.
- Wash your hands immediately after using naftifine gel.
- To clear up your infection completely, use naftifine gel for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if your symptoms improve in a few days.
- If you miss a dose of naftifine gel, 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 naftifine gel.
Important safety information:
- Naftifine gel is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, vagina, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse at once with cool water.
- If your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- Be sure to use naftifine gel for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The fungus could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using naftifine gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use naftifine gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of naftifine gel:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Burning; dryness; stinging.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); irritation or tenderness not present before starting naftifine gel.
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 naftifine gel:
Store at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep naftifine gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about naftifine gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Naftifine gel 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 naftifine gel 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 naftifine gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to naftifine gel. 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 naftifine gel.
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.