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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 27, 2020.


(sul KON a zole)

Index Terms

  • Sulconazole Nitrate

Dosage Forms

Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling. [DSC] = Discontinued product

Cream, External, as nitrate:

Exelderm: 1% (15 g [DSC], 30 g [DSC], 60 g) [contains cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol]

Generic: 1% (60 g)

Solution, External, as nitrate:

Exelderm: 1% (30 mL) [contains propylene glycol]

Generic: 1% (30 mL)

Brand Names: U.S.

  • Exelderm

Pharmacologic Category

  • Antifungal Agent, Imidazole Derivative
  • Antifungal Agent, Topical


Substituted imidazole derivative which inhibits metabolic reactions necessary for the synthesis of ergosterol, an essential membrane component. The end result is usually fungistatic; however, sulconazole may act as a fungicide in Candida albicans and Candida parapsilosis during certain growth phases.


Topical: ~8.7% percutaneously (Franz 1988)


Primarily urine

Use: Labeled Indications

Fungal infections:

Cream: Treatment of tinea pedis (athlete's foot), tinea cruris, and tinea corporis caused by Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Epidermophyton floccosum, and Microsporum canis; treatment of tinea versicolor

Solution: Treatment of tinea cruris and tinea corporis caused by Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Epidermophyton floccosum, and Microsporum canis; treatment of tinea versicolor

Limitations of use: Effectiveness has not been proven in tinea pedis (athlete's foot).


Hypersensitivity to sulconazole or any component of the formulation

Dosing: Adult

Tinea corporis/tinea cruris/tinea versicolor: Topical: Apply a small amount to the affected and surrounding skin areas once or twice daily for 3 weeks.

Tinea pedis: Topical: Cream: Apply a small amount to the affected area twice daily for 4 weeks.

Dosage adjustment for concomitant therapy: Significant drug interactions exist, requiring dose/frequency adjustment or avoidance. Consult drug interactions database for more information.

Dosing: Geriatric

Refer to adult dosing.


For external use only; avoid contact with the eyes. Apply a small amount and gently massage into affected and surrounding skin areas.


Avoid excessive heat, above 40°C (104°F); protect solution from light.

Drug Interactions

There are no known significant interactions.

Adverse Reactions

The following adverse drug reactions and incidences are derived from product labeling unless otherwise specified.

1% to 10%:

Central nervous system: Localized burning

Dermatologic: Localized erythema, pruritus, stinging of the skin


Concerns related to adverse effects:

• Irritation: Discontinue if sensitivity or irritation occurs.

Other warnings/precautions:

• Appropriate use: For topical use only; avoid contact with eyes.

Pregnancy Risk Factor


Pregnancy Considerations

Adverse events have been observed in animal reproduction studies with large doses administered orally. Systemic absorption is limited following topical administration.

Patient Education

What is this drug used for?

• It is used to treat fungal infections of the skin.

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

• Skin irritation

• Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Talk to your doctor if you have questions.

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