Sulconazole

By Medically reviewed by hellodoktor

Generic Name: Sulconazole Brand Name(s): Sulconazole.

Uses

What is Sulconazole used for?

Sulconazole 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. Sulconazole is an azole antifungal that works by preventing the growth of fungus.

How should I take Sulconazole?

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 to cover the affected area 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 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 sulconazole. 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 4-6 weeks of treatment or worsens at any time.

How do I store Sulconazole?

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

Before using sulconazole, 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.

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

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 Sulconazole?

Sulconazole 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 Sulconazole?

Sulconazole 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 Sulconazole?

Sulconazole 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 Sulconazole.

What is the dose of Sulconazole for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Corporis

Topical cream or solution: Gently massage a small amount into the affected and surrounding skin areas once or twice a day.

Duration of therapy: 3 weeks

Comments:

-Topical cream: Most patients have early symptom relief; clinical improvement may be seen fairly soon after start of therapy.

-Topical solution: Symptomatic relief usually occurs within a few days after starting this product; clinical improvement usually occurs within 1 week.

-Should treat for 3 weeks to reduce possible recurrence

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

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Cruris

Topical cream or solution: Gently massage a small amount into the affected and surrounding skin areas once or twice a day.

Duration of therapy: 3 weeks

Comments:

-Topical cream: Most patients have early symptom relief; clinical improvement may be seen fairly soon after start of therapy.

-Topical solution: Symptomatic relief usually occurs within a few days after starting this product; clinical improvement usually occurs within 1 week.

-Should treat for 3 weeks to reduce possible recurrence

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

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Versicolor

Topical cream or solution: Gently massage a small amount into the affected and surrounding skin areas once or twice a day.

Duration of therapy: 3 weeks

Comments:

-Topical cream: Most patients have early symptom relief; clinical improvement may be seen fairly soon after start of therapy.

-Topical solution: Symptomatic relief usually occurs within a few days after starting this product; clinical improvement usually occurs within 1 week.

-Should treat for 3 weeks to reduce possible recurrence

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

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Pedis

Topical cream: Gently massage a small amount into the affected and surrounding skin areas twice a day.

Duration of therapy: 4 weeks

Comments:

-Most patients have early symptom relief; clinical improvement may be seen fairly soon after start of therapy.

-Should treat for 4 weeks to reduce possible recurrence

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

Other Comments

Administration advice:

-Only use topically/externally; not for ophthalmic use.

Storage requirements:

-Avoid excessive heat, above 40C (104F).

-Topical solution: Protect from light.

General:

-If significant clinical improvement is not seen after 4 to 6 weeks of treatment with the topical cream, or after 4 weeks of treatment with the topical solution, an alternate diagnosis should be considered.

-Effectiveness of the topical solution has not been shown in tinea pedis.

Patient advice:

-Use this drug as directed by physician; only use it externally.

-Avoid contact with the eyes.

What is the dose of Sulconazole 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 Sulconazole available?

Sulconazole is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Topical cream,
  • Topical solution.

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 Sulconazole, 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: April 27, 2018 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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