Econazole

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Generic Name: Econazole Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Econazole used for?

Econazole is commonly used to treat a variety of fungal skin infections such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm. This medication is also used to treat a skin condition known as pityriasis (tinea versicolor), a fungal infection that causes a lightening or darkening of the skin of the neck, chest, arms, or legs. Econazole is an azole antifungal that works by preventing the growth of fungus.

How should I take Econazole?

Use this medication on the skin only. Clean and thoroughly dry the area to be treated. Apply this medication on and around the affected area as directed by your doctor, usually once or twice a day. The dosage and length of treatment depend on the type of infection being treated. Do not apply this medication more often or use for longer than prescribed.

Wash your hands after using unless the area being treated includes the hands. Do not wrap, cover, or bandage the area unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Do not apply this medication in the eyes, nose, or mouth, or inside the vagina. If you do get the medication in those areas, flush with plenty of water.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day.

Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.

Tell your doctor if your condition lasts after 2 weeks of treatment (or after 4 weeks of treatment for athlete’s foot) or if it gets worse.

How do I store Econazole?

Econazole is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Econazole in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Econazole that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Econazole down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Econazole?

Before using econazole, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other azole antifungals (such as clotrimazole, ketoconazole, miconazole); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Econazole during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this Econazole. This Econazole is pregnancy risk category C according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Econazole?

Burning, stinging, irritation, or redness at the application site may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Econazole?

Econazole may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Econazole?

Econazole may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Econazole?

Econazole may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Econazole.

What is the dose of Econazole for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Corporis

Topical cream: Apply sufficient amount to cover affected areas once a day.

Duration of therapy: 2 weeks

Comments:

-Most patients have early symptom relief and clinical improvement may be seen fairly soon after start of therapy; tinea cruris and corporis should be treated for 2 weeks to reduce possible recurrence.

-If no clinical improvement after the treatment period, diagnosis should be reconsidered.

-Clinical and mycological clearing of tinea versicolor usually seen after 2 weeks of therapy.

Uses: For the topical treatment of tinea cruris and tinea corporis due to Trichophyton rubrum, T mentagrophytes, T tonsurans, Microsporum canis, M audouini, M gypseum, and Epidermophyton floccosum; for the treatment of tinea versicolor

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Cruris

Topical cream: Apply sufficient amount to cover affected areas once a day.

Duration of therapy: 2 weeks

Comments:

-Most patients have early symptom relief and clinical improvement may be seen fairly soon after start of therapy; tinea cruris and corporis should be treated for 2 weeks to reduce possible recurrence.

-If no clinical improvement after the treatment period, diagnosis should be reconsidered.

-Clinical and mycological clearing of tinea versicolor usually seen after 2 weeks of therapy.

Uses: For the topical treatment of tinea cruris and tinea corporis due to Trichophyton rubrum, T mentagrophytes, T tonsurans, Microsporum canis, M audouini, M gypseum, and Epidermophyton floccosum; for the treatment of tinea versicolor

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Versicolor

Topical cream: Apply sufficient amount to cover affected areas once a day.

Duration of therapy: 2 weeks

Comments:

-Most patients have early symptom relief and clinical improvement may be seen fairly soon after start of therapy; tinea cruris and corporis should be treated for 2 weeks to reduce possible recurrence.

-If no clinical improvement after the treatment period, diagnosis should be reconsidered.

-Clinical and mycological clearing of tinea versicolor usually seen after 2 weeks of therapy.

Uses: For the topical treatment of tinea cruris and tinea corporis due to Trichophyton rubrum, T mentagrophytes, T tonsurans, Microsporum canis, M audouini, M gypseum, and Epidermophyton floccosum; for the treatment of tinea versicolor

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Pedis

Topical cream: Apply sufficient amount to cover affected areas once a day.

Topical foam: Should be applied to cover affected areas once a day

Duration of therapy: 4 weeks

Comments (topical cream):

-Most patients have early symptom relief and clinical improvement may be seen fairly soon after start of therapy; should treat for 1 month to reduce possible recurrence

-If no clinical improvement after the treatment period, diagnosis should be reconsidered.

Uses:

-Topical cream: For the topical treatment of tinea pedis due to T rubrum, T mentagrophytes, T tonsurans, M canis, M audouini, M gypseum, and E floccosum

-Topical foam: For the treatment of interdigital tinea pedis due to T rubrum, T mentagrophytes, and E floccosum

Usual Adult Dose for Cutaneous Candidiasis

Topical cream: Apply sufficient amount to cover affected areas twice a day.

Duration of therapy: 2 weeks

Comments:

-Most patients have early symptom relief and clinical improvement may be seen fairly soon after start of therapy; should treat for 2 weeks to reduce possible recurrence

-If no clinical improvement after the treatment period, diagnosis should be reconsidered.

Use: For the treatment of cutaneous candidiasis

Other Comments

Administration advice:

-Only use topically; not for ophthalmic, oral, or intravaginal use.

-Consult the manufacturer product information of the topical foam for administration instructions.

Storage requirements:

-Store at controlled room temperature 20C to 25C (68F to 77F)

-Topical foam: Excursions permitted to 15C to 30C (59F to 86F); do not refrigerate or freeze; do not expose container to heat and/or store at temperatures above 49C (120F), even if empty; do not store in direct sunlight.

Patient advice:

-Stop using this drug if reaction suggestive of chemical irritation or sensitivity develops.

-Read the US FDA-approved patient labeling (Patient Information) for the topical foam.

-Wash hands after applying the topical foam; avoid contact with the eyes, mouth, and vagina.

-Avoid heat, flame, and smoking during and immediately after application of the topical foam.

What is the dose of Econazole for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Pedis

12 years or older:

Topical foam: Should be applied to cover affected areas once a day

Duration of therapy: 4 weeks

Use: For the treatment of interdigital tinea pedis due to T rubrum, T mentagrophytes, and E floccosum

Precautions

Safety and efficacy of the topical cream and foam have not been established in patients younger than 18 and 12 years, respectively.

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Econazole available?

Econazole is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Topical Cream
  • Topical Foam

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Econazole, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: January 26, 2018 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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