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Tolnaftate spray

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

Tolnaftate spray is used for:

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

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

Do NOT use tolnaftate spray if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in tolnaftate spray

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

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Before using tolnaftate spray:

Some medical conditions may interact with tolnaftate spray. 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 spray. Because little, if any, of tolnaftate spray 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 spray 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 spray:

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

  • Tolnaftate spray is for topical use on the skin only.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Clean the affected area and dry thoroughly. Hold can about 6 inches away from the affected area. Spray a thin layer of medicine over the affected area in the morning and the evening, or as directed by your doctor. If you are using tolnaftate spray for athlete's foot, make sure you spray the spaces between the toes.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using tolnaftate spray, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • 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 spray for the full course of treatment. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of tolnaftate spray, 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 tolnaftate spray.

Important safety information:

  • Tolnaftate spray is for external use only. Do not get tolnaftate spray in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Avoid inhaling the vapors. If you get tolnaftate spray in your eyes, wash thoroughly with cool water.
  • If your condition does not improve within 4 weeks or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor.
  • Tolnaftate spray is extremely flammable. Do not store or use near a fire or other open flame, or while smoking. Do not puncture or burn container.
  • Tolnaftate spray may be harmful if swallowed. If you or someone you know may have taken tolnaftate spray by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • It is important to use tolnaftate spray for the full course of treatment. Failure to do so may decrease the effectiveness of tolnaftate spray and may increase the risk that the fungus will no longer be sensitive to tolnaftate spray and will not be able to be treated by this or certain other antifungals in the future.
  • Tolnaftate spray 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 become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using tolnaftate spray during pregnancy. It is unknown if tolnaftate spray is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using tolnaftate spray, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of tolnaftate spray:

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); severe 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 tolnaftate spray:

Store tolnaftate spray at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Avoid temperatures above 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep tolnaftate spray out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
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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