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Tolnaftate cream

Generic Name: tolnaftate (tole-NAF-tate)
Brand Name: Examples include Absorbine Jr and Tinactin

Tolnaftate cream is used for:

Treating certain fungal infections, such as athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Tolnaftate cream is an antifungal. It works by blocking the growth of fungi that cause skin infections.

Do NOT use tolnaftate cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in tolnaftate cream

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

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Before using tolnaftate cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with tolnaftate 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

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

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if tolnaftate 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 tolnaftate cream:

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

  • Tolnaftate cream is for topical use on the skin only.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Clean the affected area with soap and water and dry thoroughly. Apply enough medicine to cover the affected area. Rub in gently. Do not cover unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using tolnaftate cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not get tolnaftate cream in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • For athlete's foot, wear well-fitting, ventilated shoes and change shoes and socks at least once per day.
  • To clear up your infection completely, continue using tolnaftate cream for the full course of treatment. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of tolnaftate 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.

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

Important safety information:

  • Tolnaftate cream is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes.
  • Tolnaftate cream may be harmful if swallowed. If you or someone you know may have taken tolnaftate cream by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • It is important to use tolnaftate cream for the full course of treatment. Failure to do so may decrease the effectiveness of tolnaftate cream and may increase the risk that the fungus will no longer be sensitive to tolnaftate cream and will not be able to be treated by this or certain other antifungals in the future.
  • Tolnaftate cream is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 2 years of age unless directed by a doctor Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using tolnaftate cream during pregnancy.

Possible side effects of tolnaftate 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:

Skin irritation.

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).

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 tolnaftate cream:

Store tolnaftate cream at room temperature in the original container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep tolnaftate cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
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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