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Terbinafine gel

Pronunciation

Generic Name: terbinafine (TER-bin-a-feen)
Brand Name: Lamisil AT

Terbinafine gel is used for:

Relieving itching, burning, cracking, and scaling associated with jock itch, athlete's foot, ringworm, and other fungal infections of the skin.

Terbinafine gel is topical antifungal agent. It works by killing sensitive fungi.

Do NOT use terbinafine gel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in terbinafine gel

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

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Before using terbinafine gel:

Some medical conditions may interact with terbinafine 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
  • if you have kidney problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with terbinafine gel. Because little, if any, of terbinafine gel is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if terbinafine 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 terbinafine gel:

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

  • Wash the affected area with soap and water. Be sure the area is completely dry before applying terbinafine gel.
  • Apply a thin layer of medicine and rub in gently as directed by your doctor or the package labeling.
  • If you are using terbinafine gel for athlete's foot, 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 terbinafine gel unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use terbinafine gel for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you notice improvement in a few days.
  • If you miss a dose of terbinafine 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 terbinafine gel.

Important safety information:

  • Terbinafine gel is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool water.
  • Do not use terbinafine gel on the nails or scalp. Do not use it for vaginal yeast infections.
  • Do not use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Terbinafine gel should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old without first checking with your child's doctor; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using terbinafine gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if terbinafine gel is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use terbinafine gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of terbinafine gel:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. 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); new or worsening 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 terbinafine gel:

Store terbinafine gel at or below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep terbinafine gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about terbinafine gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Terbinafine 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 terbinafine 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 terbinafine gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to terbinafine 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 healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using terbinafine gel.

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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