Generic Name: naftifine topical (NAF ti feen TOP ik al)
Brand Name: Naftin
Medically reviewed on April 24, 2017.
What is Naftin?
Naftin is an antifungal medication. This medicine prevents fungus from growing on your skin.
Naftin (for use on the skin) is used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm infections. This medicine is for use in adults and children who are at least 12 years old.
Naftin 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 Naftin if you are allergic to it.
It is not known whether Naftin will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether Naftin passes into breast milk or if it could affect the nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
Naftin should not be used on a child younger than 12 years old.
How should I use Naftin?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Wash your hands before and after using this medication.
Clean and dry the affected area. Apply the cream once daily, or the gel twice daily, as directed for the specified length of time.
Use this medication 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 Naftin.
If the infection does not clear up in 4 weeks, 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.
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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?
An overdose of Naftin is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
What should I avoid while using Naftin?
Do not take this medicine by mouth. Naftin is for use only on the skin. If this medicine gets in your eyes, nose, mouth, rectum, or vagina, rinse with water.
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 medications on the areas you treat with Naftin unless your doctor tells you to.
Naftin 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 skin irritation after applying this medicine.
Common side effects may include dryness or irritation of treated skin.
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 Naftin?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied Naftin. 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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