Naftifine

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

Uses

What is Naftifine used for?

Naftifine is used to treat athlete’s foot, a type of fungal skin infection. It helps to get rid of the redness, itching, and scaling. Naftifine is an antifungal that works by preventing the growth of fungus.

How should I take Naftifine?

Use this medication on the skin only. Clean and thoroughly dry the area to be treated. Apply a thin layer of the medication to and around the affected area and gently rub in. Apply this medication as directed by your doctor, usually once daily for 2 weeks. Wash your hands after use. Do not wrap, cover, or bandage the area unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Do not use the medication in the eyes, nose, mouth, or inside the vagina. If you get the medication in any of these areas, flush with plenty of water.

Do not apply more often or use for longer than prescribed. This may increase the risk of side effects.

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

Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed treatment period 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 persists or worsens.

How do I store Naftifine?

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

Before using naftifine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other antifungals (such as terbinafine); 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. Avoid applying near the breast area if breast-feeding. 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 Naftifine during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Naftifine. Naftifine 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

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Naftifine?

Mild irritation at the application site may occur. If this persists or worsens, 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 Naftifine?

Naftifine 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 Naftifine?

Naftifine 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 Naftifine?

Naftifine 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 Naftifine.

What is the dose of Naftifine for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Corporis

1% CREAM: A sufficient quantity should be gently massaged into the affected and surrounding skin areas once a day.

1% GEL: A sufficient quantity should be gently massaged into the affected and surrounding skin areas twice a day in the morning and evening.

2% CREAM: A thin layer should be applied to the affected areas plus a 1/2 inch margin of healthy surrounding skin once a day for 2 weeks.

Uses:

1% CREAM: For the topical treatment of tinea cruris and tinea corporis due to T rubrum, T mentagrophytes, and Epidermophyton floccosum

1% GEL: For the topical treatment of tinea cruris and tinea corporis due to T rubrum, T mentagrophytes, T tonsurans, and E floccosum

2% CREAM: For the treatment of tinea cruris and tinea corporis due to Trichophyton rubrum

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Cruris

1% CREAM: A sufficient quantity should be gently massaged into the affected and surrounding skin areas once a day.

1% GEL: A sufficient quantity should be gently massaged into the affected and surrounding skin areas twice a day in the morning and evening.

2% CREAM: A thin layer should be applied to the affected areas plus a 1/2 inch margin of healthy surrounding skin once a day for 2 weeks.

Uses:

1% CREAM: For the topical treatment of tinea cruris and tinea corporis due to T rubrum, T mentagrophytes, and Epidermophyton floccosum

1% GEL: For the topical treatment of tinea cruris and tinea corporis due to T rubrum, T mentagrophytes, T tonsurans, and E floccosum

2% CREAM: For the treatment of tinea cruris and tinea corporis due to Trichophyton rubrum

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Pedis

1% CREAM: A sufficient quantity should be gently massaged into the affected and surrounding skin areas once a day.

1% GEL: A sufficient quantity should be gently massaged into the affected and surrounding skin areas twice a day in the morning and evening.

2% CREAM: A thin layer should be applied to the affected areas plus a 1/2 inch margin of healthy surrounding skin once a day for 2 weeks.

2% GEL: A thin layer should be applied to the affected areas plus an approximate 1/2 inch margin of healthy surrounding skin once a day for 2 weeks.

Uses:

1% CREAM: For the topical treatment of tinea pedis due to T rubrum, T mentagrophytes, and E floccosum

1% GEL: For the topical treatment of tinea pedis due to T rubrum, T mentagrophytes, T tonsurans, and E floccosum

2% CREAM: For the treatment of interdigital tinea pedis due to T rubrum

2% GEL: For the treatment of interdigital tinea pedis due to T rubrum, T mentagrophytes, and E floccosum

Other Comments

Administration advice:

-Wash hands after application.

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

General:

-Diagnosis of the disease should be confirmed by direct microscopic examination or by culture.

-Patients should be reevaluated if no clinical improvement is seen after 4 weeks of therapy with the 1% formulations.

Patient advice:

-Keep this drug away from the eyes, nose, mouth, and other mucous membranes.

-Consult the physician if irritation or sensitivity develops after use.

What is the dose of Naftifine for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Cruris

12 years or older:

2% CREAM: A thin layer should be applied to the affected areas plus a 1/2 inch margin of healthy surrounding skin once a day for 2 weeks.

Use: For the treatment of tinea cruris due to T rubrum

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Pedis

12 years or older:

2% CREAM: A thin layer should be applied to the affected areas plus a 1/2 inch margin of healthy surrounding skin once a day for 2 weeks.

2% GEL: A thin layer should be applied to the affected areas plus an approximate 1/2 inch margin of healthy surrounding skin once a day for 2 weeks.

Uses:

2% CREAM: For the treatment of interdigital tinea pedis due to T rubrum

2% GEL: For the treatment of interdigital tinea pedis due to T rubrum, T mentagrophytes, and E floccosum

Precautions

Safety and efficacy of the 1% formulations have not been established in patients younger than 18 years. Safety and efficacy of the 2% formulations have not been established in patients younger than 12 years.

How is Naftifine available?

Naftifine is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Topical cream,
  • Topical gel.

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 Naftifine, 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: March 30, 2018 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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