Generic Name:Terbinafine
Brand Name(s):Lamisil
Lamisil is a skin care treatment used for treating skin ailments. Lamisil is such a skin care medicine, which is found, is the form of oral capsules and in topical creams also. It carries the composition of Terbinafine, which is an anti fungal agent that is taken by mouth or applied to the skin. Lamisil acts by interfering with the ability of fungi to make chemicals called sterols, which is an important part of the membrane that surrounds fungal cells and holds them together. This weakens the cell membrane. Oral Lamisil is more effective for treating fungal nail infections than griseofulvin named as Fulvicin or Gris-Peg and itraconazole or Sporanox known in medical terms, two other antifungal agents used for treating fungal nail infections. Topical Terbinafine was approved by the FDA in 1993. Terbinafine oral tablets were approved in 1996.

How to Use Lamisil Cream

In case of oral use, Lamisil the usual dose is 250 mg once daily for 6 weeks for treatment of the fingernails, and 12 weeks for treatment of toenails. Alternatively, Lamisil may be given as two tablets (500 mg) once daily for 7 days during the first week of each month for 3 months for toenail infections. For children under 20kg (44 pounds), a dose of 62.5 mg/day and for children between 20 and 40kg (44 and 88 pounds) a dose of 125 mg/day has been recommended. Lamisil may be taken with or without food.
On the other hand, in case of cream this is rubbed gently into the affected area. The cream usually is applied twice daily for 1 to 4 weeks.

Cautions before use Lamisil Cream

The cautions, which are to be maintained, are as follows with Lamasil:

  • Before taking Lamisil, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
  • People having medical history, especially of liver diseases should avoid.
  • People having medical history, of poor immune system should avoid.
  • People having medical history, of kidney problems should avoid.
  • Those who are having viral skin or eye infections should avoid.
  • Pregnant women should avoid taking lamisil
  • It is also suggested that to avoid taking Alcohol while taking Lamisil.

Lamisil Cream Side effects

Lamisil can raise several side effects, and they are as follows:

  • Liver disease
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Severe stomach or abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Vomiting
  • Yellowing eyes or skin
  • Very serious allergic reaction
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Severe dizziness

Lamisil Cream Reactions and Overdose

  • Rifampin reduces the affect of Lamisil in blood concentrations, potentially reducing the efficacy of Lamisil andcimetidine,which may increase terbinafine blood levels. Thus, it is better t o consult a doctor before taking Lamasil into use with theses medications.
  • Before using this medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist about all prescribed and nonprescribed or herbal products you are using as it may cause reactions with them.
  • Lamisil could react with anti depressants, liver enzymes, drugs to treat heart rhythm problems, monoamine oxidase inhibitors type B such as rasagiline

In case of Overdose, the patient must seek medical attention.


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