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sulconazole topical

Generic Name: sulconazole topical (sul KON a zole)
Brand Name: Exelderm

What is sulconazole topical?

Sulconazole topical is an antifungal medication. Sulconazole topical prevents fungus from growing on your skin.

Sulconazole topical is used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot (cream only), jock itch, and ringworm.

Sulconazole topical may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about sulconazole topical?

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared.

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Do not use bandages or dressings that do not allow air to circulate to the affected area (occlusive dressings) unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Wear loose-fitting clothing (preferably cotton).

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using sulconazole topical?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to sulconazole.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether sulconazole is harmful to an unborn baby. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether sulconazole passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use sulconazole topical?

Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Wash your hands before and after using this medication.

Clean and dry the affected area. Apply the cream or solution once or twice daily as directed for 3 to 6 weeks.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared.

If the infection does not clear up in 3 weeks (or 4 weeks for athlete's foot), or if it appears to get worse, see 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. A light cotton-gauze dressing may be used to protect clothing.

Store sulconazole topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to apply the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

An overdose of sulconazole topical is not likely to cause life-threatening symptoms.

What should I avoid while using sulconazole topical?

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Avoid wearing tight-fitting, synthetic clothing that doesn't allow air circulation. Wear loose-fitting clothing made of cotton and other natural fibers until the infection is healed.

Avoid using other medicated skin products unless your doctor has told you to. Other skin medications may make sulconazole topical less effective.

Sulconazole topical side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using sulconazole topical and call your doctor at once if you have severe blistering, itching, redness, peeling, dryness, or irritation of treat skin areas.

Less serious side effects may include mild skin dryness or irritation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

Sulconazole topical dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Corporis:

Topical cream or solution: A small amount should be gently massaged into the affected and surrounding skin areas once or twice a day.

To reduce the possibility of recurrence, treatment should be continued for 3 weeks.

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Cruris:

Topical cream or solution: A small amount should be gently massaged into the affected and surrounding skin areas once or twice a day.

To reduce the possibility of recurrence, treatment should be continued for 3 weeks.

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Versicolor:

Topical cream or solution: A small amount should be gently massaged into the affected and surrounding skin areas once or twice a day.

To reduce the possibility of recurrence, treatment should be continued for 3 weeks.

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Pedis:

Topical cream: A small amount should be gently massaged into the affected and surrounding skin areas twice a day.

To reduce the possibility of recurrence, treatment should be continued for 4 weeks.

What other drugs will affect sulconazole topical?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied sulconazole. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has additional information about sulconazole topical.
  • 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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