Terbinafine Topical

Generic Name:Terbinafine Topical

Terbinafine is a topical skin cream prescribed for the treatment of jock itch, ringworms and athelete’s foot. The medication acts on certain types of fungus in the skin and nails to either kill them or slow down their growth. Terbinafine is sold under same generic name which is a prescription medication that is used to treat any growing fungal in the skin. A new form of Terbinafine available in oral granules has also been approved to treat a fungal infection like ringworm of the scalp. It is manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Terbinafine comes also in tablet form and is taken by mouth. After entering the blood, the medication slowly moves into the skin and nails. Here, it acts on certain types of fungi to either kill or slow down the growth of the fungus that is causing the infection. It works similarly to treat ringworm of the scalp. This problem is caused by a fungus, and Terbinafine works as an anti-fungal.

How to Use Terbinafine Topical Skin Cream

  • Wash your hands before and after using this medication. Clean and dry the affected area. Apply the medication as directed.
  • Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time.
  • Do not cover treated skin areas with a bandage or other covering unless your doctor has told you to.
  • Apply on the affected area and evenly spread on the skin.

Cautions before Use Terbinafine Topical Skin Cream

  • There have been cases of Terbinafine causing liver failure.
  • Terbinafine can cause life-threatening skin rashes. This medicine may also result in unexplained rash that does not go away, especially if the rash involves blisters or peeling of the skin.
  • Terbinafine can cause a loss of taste or smell, or other changes in tasting or smelling.
  • There have been reports of Terbinafine causing lupus or making it worse. Lupus is a condition involving skin rashes.
  • Terbinafine can cause certain blood cell counts to decrease, putting you at risk for infection

Terbinafine Topical Skin Cream Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Terbinafine are as follows:

  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Unexplained rash
  • Heartburn or indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Increased liver enzymes (found using a blood test)
  • Itching
  • Changes in taste
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Hives

Reactions and Overdose of Terbinafine Topical Skin Cream

Certain Terbinafine drug interactions, such as with beta blockers or warfarin, can cause an increase in medicine levels in your blood, which may result in side effects. If these interactions are a concern, your healthcare provider may monitor you more closely or adjust your dosage. Other medicines that may potentially cause Terbinafine drug interactions include certain antipsychotic medications, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, cimetidine, or tricyclic antidepressants.

Signs of a Terbinafine overdose may include nausea, dizziness, and stomach pain, among other things. A recent overdose may be treated with certain medications and other treatments may include supportive care. Be sure to seek medical attention immediately if you happen to overdose on Terbinafine.


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