Sertaconazole

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

Uses

What is Sertaconazole used for?

Sertaconazole is used to treat athlete’s foot. It is an azole antifungal that works by preventing the growth of fungus.

How should I take Sertaconazole?

Use this medication on the skin only. Clean and thoroughly dry the area to be treated. Apply this medication to the affected skin twice daily or as directed by your doctor. Apply enough medication to cover the affected skin and some of the surrounding skin. 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 more often than prescribed. Your condition will not clear faster, but side effects may be increased.

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 times each day.

Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after starting sertaconazole. Stopping the medication too early may allow the fungus to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve after 2 weeks of treatment or if it worsens at any time.

How do I store Sertaconazole?

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

Before using sertaconazole, 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 when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is not known whether 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 Sertaconazole during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Sertaconazole. Sertaconazole 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 Sertaconazole?

Burning, swelling, irritation, tenderness, discoloration, or dry 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 you have any serious side effects, including: blistering, oozing, open sores.

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 Sertaconazole?

Sertaconazole 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 Sertaconazole?

Sertaconazole 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 Sertaconazole?

Sertaconazole 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 Sertaconazole.

What is the dose of Sertaconazole for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Pedis

Apply topically twice a day for 4 weeks.

Use: For the topical treatment of interdigital tinea pedis (due to Trichophyton rubrum, T mentagrophytes, and Epidermophyton floccosum) in immunocompetent patients

Other Comments

Administration advice:

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

-Apply a sufficient amount of drug to cover both the affected areas between the toes and the immediate surrounding healthy skin.

-If used after bathing, dry the affected areas thoroughly before application.

Patient advice:

-Wash hands after applying the cream; avoid contact with the eyes, mouth, vagina, and other mucous membranes.

-Do not use occlusive dressing unless instructed by physician.

What is the dose of Sertaconazole for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Pedis

12 years or older: Apply topically twice a day for 4 weeks.

Use: For the topical treatment of interdigital tinea pedis (due to T rubrum, T mentagrophytes, and E floccosum) in immunocompetent patients

Precautions

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 12 years.

How is Sertaconazole available?

Sertaconazole is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Topical cream.

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 Sertaconazole, 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 26, 2018 | Last Modified: April 26, 2018

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