Ertaczo

Generic Name: sertaconazole topical (ser ta CAW nah zole)
Brand Names: Ertaczo

What is Ertaczo?

Ertaczo is an antifungal medication. It prevents fungus from growing on the skin.

Ertaczo is used to treat fungal infections of the skin such as athlete's foot. It works by blocking the formation of the fungal cell wall, which results in the death of the fungus.

Ertaczo may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Important information

Use Ertaczo for the full amount of time prescribed. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is completely healed, however it is important to complete the full course of treatment.

Do not use bandages or dressings that do not allow air circulation over the affected area (occlusive dressings) unless otherwise directed by your doctor. If the affected area is the feet, be sure to wear clean, cotton socks and sandals or shoes that allow air circulation.

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Do not get Ertaczo in the eyes, nose, or mouth. If this happens, rinse with water and seek medical attention if irritation occurs.

Before using Ertaczo

Do not use Ertaczo without first talking to your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past.

Ertaczo is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Ertaczo will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether sertaconazole passes into breast milk. Do not use Ertaczo without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use Ertaczo?

Use Ertaczo exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Wash your hands before and after using this medication.

If the cream is used after bathing or showering, dry the skin thoroughly before application.

Apply the cream to the affected area twice a day as directed by your healthcare provider.

Use Ertaczo for the full amount of time prescribed. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is completely healed, however it is important to complete the full course of treatment.

It is important to use Ertaczo regularly to get the most benefit.

If the infection does not clear up in a few weeks, or if it appears to get worse, contact your doctor.

Do not use bandages or dressings that do not allow air circulation over the affected area (occlusive dressings) unless otherwise directed by your doctor. If the affected area is the feet, be sure to wear clean, cotton socks and sandals or shoes that allow air circulation.

Do not get this medication in the eyes, nose, or mouth. If this happens, rinse with water and seek medical attention if irritation occurs. Store Ertaczo at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the dose you missed and apply only the regular amount of Ertaczo. Do not use a double dose unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of Ertaczo is unlikely to threaten life. If an overdose is suspected or if Ertaczo has been ingested, contact an emergency room or a poison control center for advice.

What should I avoid?

Do not use bandages or dressings that do not allow air circulation over the affected area (occlusive dressings) unless otherwise directed by your doctor. A light cotton-gauze dressing may be used to protect clothing, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. If the affected area is the feet, be sure to wear clean, cotton socks and sandals or shoes that allow air circulation.

Ertaczo side effects

Serious side effects are not expected to occur with the use of Ertaczo. Stop using Ertaczo and contact your doctor if you experience unusual or severe itching, redness, burning, blistering, swelling, oozing, or irritation of the skin.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Ertaczo?

Do not use other topical products on the treated area, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Other topical products may affect the absorption or effectiveness of Ertaczo.

Although it is unlikely that Ertaczo will interact with other medications taken by mouth, some interactions may occur. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking or using any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has additional information about Ertaczo written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Sertaconazole topical is available with a prescription under the brand name Ertaczo. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.

  • Ertaczo 2% cream

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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