Common Name: terbinafine
How does Lamisil work?Terbinafine belongs to the class of medications called antifungals. It is used for the treatment of certain types of fungal infections of the skin and nails. Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
How should I use Lamisil?Tablets: The recommended adult dose is 250 mg daily. Those with reduced liver or kidney function may need an adjustment to the dose. The length of treatment depends on the condition being treated and the severity of the infection. Cream: Use the cream once or twice daily. Before applying, clean and thoroughly dry the affected areas. Apply the cream to the affected skin and surrounding area in a thin layer and rub it in lightly. The length of treatment depends on the condition being treated and the severity of the infection. Spray: Use the spray once or twice daily, depending on the condition being treated. Before applying, clean and thoroughly dry the affected areas. Spray enough of the solution to thoroughly wet the treatment area and to cover the affected skin and surrounding area. The length of treatment depends on the condition being treated and the severity of the infection. Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones given here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor. It is very important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed. Use the medication for the prescribed length of time even if the infection clears up, to prevent it from coming back. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is the following day before you remember your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
What form(s) does Lamisil come in?Lamisil® is available as tablets, cream, and spray. Tablets: Each round, whitish-yellow, uncoated tablet, scored on one side and embossed "Lamisil 250", contains terbinafine 250 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cellulose microcrystalline, magnesium stearate, methylhydroxypropyl cellulose, silica, colloidal anhydrous, and sodium carboxymethyl starch. Cream: Each gram of white, smooth, glossy cream contains terbinafine 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, isopropyl myristate, polysorbate 60, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sorbitan monostearate, and stearyl alcohol. Spray: Each gram of clear solution contains terbinafine 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cetomacrogol 1,000, ethanol, propylene glycol, and water. Alcohol: 28.8% v/v.
What should I NOT take with Lamisil?Terbinafine should not to be used by anyone who is allergic to terbinafine or any of the ingredients of the medication.
Are there any other precautions or warnings for Lamisil?External use only: Terbinafine cream and spray are for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes. Do not use the spray on the face. In case of accidental contact with the eyes, rinse eyes thoroughly with running water and consult a doctor if any symptoms persist. In case of inhalation, contact a doctor if any symptoms develop and persist. Liver problems: During treatment with terbinafine, report to your doctor any signs or symptoms of liver problems including unusual fatigue, loss of appetite, yellowing of skin or eyes, dark urine, pale stools, or itching or sore throat and fever. Pregnancy: There is very limited experience with the use of terbinafine by pregnant women. Therefore, unless the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks, do not take terbinafine tablets during pregnancy. Breast-feeding: Terbinafine passes into breast milk. Women taking terbinafine tablets should not breast-feed. The use of the spray or cream is unlikely to affect the baby. If you are breast-feeding, do not apply the cream or spray to the breast. Children: There is limited experience with the use of terbinafine by children.