Lamisil cream

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


What is Lamisil cream® (Terbinafine) used for?

Lamisil cream ® is commonly used to relieve symptoms of skin such as itching, burning, cracking, and scaling, which is associated with jock itch, athlete’s foot, ringworm or other fungal infections.

Lamisil cream® may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should I take Lamisil cream® (Terbinafine)?

To use Lamisil cream®:

  • Applying a thin layer once or twice daily, then rub it in gently.
  • Using it regularly for one to two weeks.
  • Once all signs of your infection have gone, continue to use it for further two or three days to prevent the infection from coming back.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Lamisil cream®.

How do I store Lamisil cream® (Terbinafine)?

Lamisil cream® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Lamisil cream® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Lamisil cream® 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 Lamisil cream® 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 Lamisil cream® (Terbinafine)?

 Consult with your doctor or pharmacist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Lamisil cream® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions, such as kidney problems.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?


There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Lamisil cream® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Lamisil cream®. Lamisil cream® is pregnancy risk category B, 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


Always consult your health care provider prior to using Lamisil cream® if you are pregnant, breastfeeding.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Lamisil cream® (Terbinafine)?

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

Lamisil cream® may cause these side effects, such as:

  • Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing
  • Burning, irritation, or itching at the application site



What drugs may interact with Lamisil cream® (Terbinafine)?

Lamisil cream® 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 Lamisil cream® (Terbinafine)?

Lamisil cream® 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 Lamisil cream® (Terbinafine)?

Lamisil cream® 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.


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

What is the dose of Lamisil cream® (Terbinafine) for an adult?

Apply to the affected area once or twice a day, until significant clinical improvement (no more than 4 weeks).

What is the dose of Lamisil cream® (Terbinafine) for a child?

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 Lamisil cream® (Terbinafine) available?

Lamisil cream® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Lamisil cream® 1%.

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.

It is also important to carry a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking with you in case of emergencies.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Lamisil cream®, 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: December 16, 2016 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019

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