Oxiconazole

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

Uses

What is Oxiconazole used for?

Oxiconazole is used to treat 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. Oxiconazole is an azole antifungal that works by preventing the growth of fungus.

How should I take Oxiconazole?

Use this medication on the skin only. Clean and thoroughly dry the area to be treated. Apply this medication to the affected skin, usually once or twice a day or as directed by your doctor. Dosage and length of treatment depends on the type of infection being treated. Do not apply this more often than prescribed. Your condition will not clear faster, but side effects may be increased.

Apply enough cream or lotion to cover the affected area and some of the surrounding skin. If using the lotion, shake the bottle well just before applying. Use cotton balls or a soft cloth to apply the lotion. After applying this medication, wash your 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, mouth, or vagina.

Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to 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 starting oxiconazole. Stopping the medication too early may allow the fungus to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection.

Inform your doctor if your condition persists after 2-4 weeks of treatment or worsens at any time.

How do I store Oxiconazole?

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

Before using oxiconazole, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other azole antifungals such as clotrimazole, ketoconazole, or 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.

This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

This medication 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 Oxiconazole during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Oxiconazole. Oxiconazole 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 Oxiconazole?

Burning, stinging, swelling, irritation, redness, pimple-like bumps, tenderness, or flaking of the treated skin may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify 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.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: blistering, oozing, open sores.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: 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 Oxiconazole?

Oxiconazole 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 Oxiconazole?

Oxiconazole 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 Oxiconazole?

Oxiconazole 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 Oxiconazole.

What is the dose of Oxiconazole for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Corporis

Cream or lotion: Apply to the affected and immediate surrounding areas once to twice a day for 2 weeks.

Uses: For the topical treatment of tinea cruris and tinea corporis due to Trichophyton rubrum, T mentagrophytes, or Epidermophyton floccosum

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Cruris

Cream or lotion: Apply to the affected and immediate surrounding areas once to twice a day for 2 weeks.

Uses: For the topical treatment of tinea cruris and tinea corporis due to Trichophyton rubrum, T mentagrophytes, or Epidermophyton floccosum

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Pedis

Cream or lotion: Apply to the affected and immediate surrounding areas once to twice a day for 1 month.

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

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Versicolor

Cream: Apply to the affected areas once a day for 2 weeks.

Comments:

-Tinea versicolor may cause transient hypopigmented or hyperpigmented patches originating on the trunk that may extend to the neck, arms, and upper thighs.

-Treating the infection may not show immediate restoration of pigment to affected sites; pigment normalizing after successful therapy is variable and may take months, depending on patient skin type and incidental sun exposure.

Use: For the topical treatment of tinea (pityriasis) versicolor due to Malassezia furfur

Other Comments

Administration advice:

-For external dermal use only; not for ophthalmic or intravaginal use.

-Administer for the recommended durations to reduce possible recurrence.

-Shake the lotion well before using.

Storage requirements:

-Store between 15C and 30C (59F and 86F).

General:

-The indications for which this drug has shown efficacy rarely occur in children younger than 12 years.

-The diagnosis should be reconsidered if no clinical improvement seen after the treatment period.

-Tinea versicolor is part of the normal skin flora and, although not contagious, may recur.

Patient advice:

-Wash hands after use.

-Avoid contact with the eyes, mouth, nose, vagina, and other mucous membranes.

-To obtain optimal results, use this drug for the entire period prescribed.

-Contact physician if the condition does not improve after 2 to 4 weeks or sooner if condition worsens.

-Contact physician if signs of increased irritation, itching, burning, blistering, swelling, or oozing at the site of application.

-Unless instructed by physician, do not use occlusive dressings.

What is the dose of Oxiconazole for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Corporis

Cream or lotion: Apply to the affected and immediate surrounding areas once to twice a day for 2 weeks.

Uses: For the topical treatment of tinea cruris and tinea corporis due to T rubrum, T mentagrophytes, or E floccosum

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Cruris

Cream or lotion: Apply to the affected and immediate surrounding areas once to twice a day for 2 weeks.

Uses: For the topical treatment of tinea cruris and tinea corporis due to T rubrum, T mentagrophytes, or E floccosum

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Pedis

Cream or lotion: Apply to the affected and immediate surrounding areas once to twice a day for 1 month.

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

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Versicolor

Cream: Apply to the affected areas once a day for 2 weeks.

Comments:

-Tinea versicolor may cause transient hypopigmented or hyperpigmented patches originating on the trunk that may extend to the neck, arms, and upper thighs.

-Treating the infection may not show immediate restoration of pigment to affected sites; pigment normalizing after successful therapy is variable and may take months, depending on patient skin type and incidental sun exposure.

Use: For the topical treatment of tinea (pityriasis) versicolor due to M furfur

How is Oxiconazole available?

Oxiconazole is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Topical cream,
  • Topical lotion.

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 Oxiconazole, 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.

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Review Date: April 5, 2018 | Last Modified: April 5, 2018

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