Tolnaftate : Uses, Side Effects, Interactions & More
Why is this medication prescribed?
Tolnaftate stops the growth of fungi that cause skin infections, such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm.
This medicine is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Tolnaftate comes as a cream, liquid, powder, gel, spray powder, and liquid spray for application to the skin. Tolnaftate is usually applied twice a day. Follow the directions on the package or on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any parts you do not understand. Use tolnaftate exactly as directed. Do not use more or less or use it more often than directed by your doctor.
The burning and pain from athlete’s foot or itching from jock itch should subside in 2 to 3 days. Continue treatment for at least 2 weeks after symptoms disappear. A total of 4-6 weeks of treatment may be necessary.
Thoroughly clean the infected area, let it dry, and then gently rub in the medicine until most of it is gone. Use enough medicine to cover the affected area. You should wash your hands after applying the medicine.
Spray and powder forms should be applied between the toes; socks and shoes should be treated lightly. Sprays must be shaken well before each use to mix the medication and then sprayed from a distance of at least 6 inches.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using tolnaftate,
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to tolnaftate or any other medications.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, including vitamins.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while using tolnaftate, call your doctor.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the one you forgot.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Tolnaftate may cause side effects. If you experience the following symptom, call your doctor:
- skin irritation
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor can submit a report online to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medicine in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Do not puncture the sprays or throw them into fire.
Unnecessary medications must be disposed of in special ways to ensure they cannot be consumed by pets, children, and others. However, you should not flush this medicine down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medications is through a drug take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage / recycling department to find out about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA Safe Drug Disposal website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.
It is important to keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children, as many containers (such as those containing weekly pills and those for eye drops, creams, patches and inhalers) are not child-resistant and small children can easily open them. To protect young children from poisoning, always close the safety caps and immediately place the medicine in a safe place, one that is upright and out of their sight and reach. http://www.upandaway.org
What other information should I know?
Keep all your appointments with your doctor. Tolnaftate is for external use only. Do not get tolnaftate in your eyes, nose, or mouth and do not swallow it. Do not apply dressings, bandages, cosmetics, lotions, or other skin medications to the area being treated unless your doctor tells you to.
Don’t let anyone use your medicine. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription. If you still have symptoms of infection after finishing tolnaftate, call your doctor.
It is important that you keep a written list of all prescription and over-the-counter (over-the-counter) medications you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should take this list with you every time you visit a doctor or if you go into hospital. It is also important information to take with you in case of emergencies.
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Disclaimer: We have made every effort to ensure that all information is factually accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date. However, this article should not be used as a licensed health care professional’s choice of knowledge and expertise. You should always consult your doctor or other health care professional before taking any medication. The information given here is subject to change and it has not been used to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions or adverse effects. The lack of warning or other information for any drug does not indicate that the combination of medicine or medication is safe, effective or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.