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Sertaconazole topical

Generic name: sertaconazole topical [ SER-ta-KON-a-zole ]
Brand name: Ertaczo
Dosage form: topical cream (2%)
Drug class: Topical antifungals

Medically reviewed by on May 1, 2024. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is sertaconazole topical?

Sertaconazole topical is an antifungal medication that fights infections caused by fungus.

Sertaconazole topical (for the skin) is used to treat tinea pedis (athlete's foot) in adults and children who are at least 12 years old.

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

Sertaconazole topical 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.

Sertaconazole topical may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:

Common side effects of sertaconazole topical may include:

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.


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 sertaconazole topical if you are allergic to it.

It is not known whether sertaconazole topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether sertaconazole 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 sertaconazole topical on anyone under 12 years old without medical advice.

How should I use sertaconazole topical?

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. Sertaconazole topical is for use only on the skin.

Clean and dry the affected area.

To treat athlete's foot: Apply the medicine to the affected areas between the toes and nearby skin 2 times per day for 1 month.

Do not cover the treated skin area unless your doctor tells you to.

Wash your hands after applying this medicine.

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 antifungal medicine.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using sertaconazole topical.

Do not use sertaconazole topical to treat any skin condition that has not been checked by your doctor. Do not share this medicine 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.

Sertaconazole topical dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Pedis:

Apply topically twice a day for 4 weeks.

Use: For the topical treatment of interdigital tinea pedis (due to Trichophyton rubrum, T mentagrophytes, and Epidermophyton floccosum) in immunocompetent patients

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Pedis:

12 years or older: Apply topically twice a day for 4 weeks.

Use: For the topical treatment of interdigital tinea pedis (due to T rubrum, T mentagrophytes, and E floccosum) in immunocompetent patients

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next 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 sertaconazole topical?

Avoid getting sertaconazole topical in your eyes.

Avoid getting this medicine in your nose, mouth, rectum, or vagina.

What other drugs will affect sertaconazole topical?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied sertaconazole. 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.

Further information

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.