Generic Name: econazole topical (ee CON a zole)
Brand Name: Econazole Nitrate, Ecoza
Medically reviewed on September 12, 2016
What is Econazole Nitrate?
Econazole is an antifungal medicine that fights infections caused by fungus.
Econazole Nitrate (for the skin) is used to treat athlete's foot (tinea pedis), jock itch (tinea cruris), and ringworm (tinea corporis). This medicine is also used to treat tinea versicolor (a fungus that discolors the skin), and yeast infections of the skin.
Econazole Nitrate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Econazole Nitrate if you are allergic to it.
It is not known whether Econazole Nitrate will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether econazole topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not use this medicine on a child without medical advice.
How should I use Econazole Nitrate?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not take by mouth. Econazole Nitrate is for use only on the skin.
Wash your hands before and after applying this medicine. Clean and dry the affected area.
Apply only a thin layer of the medicine to the affected area. Spread the medicine onto the nearby skin about 1 inch on all sides of the affected areas. Avoid applying this medicine over large areas of skin.
To treat athlete's foot: Apply the medicine to the affected areas and nearby skin once per day for 1 month.
To treat jock itch, ringworm, or tinea versicolor: Apply the medicine to the affected areas and nearby skin once per day for 2 weeks.
To treat yeast infections of the skin: Apply the medicine to the affected areas and nearby skin twice per day for 2 weeks.
Do not cover the treated skin area unless your doctor tells you to. Bandaging can increase the amount of drug absorbed through your skin and may cause harmful effects.
Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antifungal medicine.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using Econazole Nitrate.
Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube tightly closed when not in use.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while using Econazole Nitrate?
Avoid getting Econazole Nitrate in your eyes.
Econazole Nitrate side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have severe burning, redness, or stinging after applying the medicine.
Common side effects may include mild rash or skin irritation where the medicine was applied.
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)
What other drugs will affect Econazole Nitrate?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied econazole. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
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.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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