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Terbinafine

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By Medicover Hospitals / 16 Dec 2020
Medicoverhospitals.in | Medicine | Terbinafine
  1. Terbinafine Uses
  2. Terbinafine Side Effects
  3. Terbinafine Dosage
  4. Terbinafine Storage
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. Citations

Terbinafine

Terbinafine is an antifungal medication which fights with infections caused by fungus. These tablets are used for treating infections that are caused by fungus which affects the fingernails or toenails. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. Terbinafine comes in the form of cream, gel or spray. It also treats various fungal infections.

Terbinafine Uses:

Terbinafine is used for treating skin infections caused by yeast and fungus which includes:

  • Athlete’s foot
  • Fungal nail infections
  • Ringworm
  • Jock itch
  • Pityriasis Versicolor

Terbinafine Side Effects:

Some of the common side effects of Terbinafine are:

  • Headache
  • Skin Rash
  • Itching
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Indigestion
  • Abdominal pain
  • Visual disturbance
  • Gas
  • Dizziness
  • Spinning sensation
  • Unpleasant taste

Some of the serious side effects of Terbinafine are:

  • Persistent Nausea
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Yellow skin and eyes
  • Dark Urine
  • Pale stools

If you have any of these serious symptoms immediately contact your doctor for further assistance. In any case, due to Terbinafine if you get any kind of reactions in your body try avoiding it.
A doctor advised you to take the medicines by seeing your problems and the benefits of this medicine are greater than the side effects. Majority of the people who use this medicine don’t show any side effects. Get medical help immediately if you get any serious Terbinafine side effects.

Precautions:

Before taking Terbinafine talk to your doctor if you are allergic to the medication or have any other allergies. The medications contain some inactive ingredients which will cause allergic reactions. Avoid Terbinafine if you have certain serious health problems:

  • Liver Disease
  • Lupus
  • Weak Immune system

How to get rid of the Side effects?

Rash, Peeling or Itchy Skin:If you’re using cream, try to use small amounts or can stop using it completely.

Headaches:Drink plenty of water. If you are facing a severe headache ask your doctor to prescribe you with pain killers.

Diarrhea or Vomiting:Try drinking enough amount of water to avoid dehydration. Drink a small sip of warm water if you’re sick. Avoid using any other types of medicine for the treatment of diarrhea and vomiting

Stomach ache:Try to drink enough water and have smaller and frequent meals. Place a heat pad and cover hot water bottle on the stomach.

How to take Terbinafine?

Treatment depends upon the infection in the body and how severe it is. If the large area of skin is affected then use spray. The doctor will advise you how to use and how long you should be using the creams.

How to use Terbinafine cream or gel?

Apply the cream or gel on the affected area once or twice a day for 1 to 2 weeks.

  • Before applying cream or gel wash your hands.
  • Wash and dry the affected skin where the cream should be applied. If you’re treating your feet, it’s important to wash and dry the toes first.
  • Apply a small amount of cream and gel onto your finger.
  • Gently rub the infected area. Keep it away from mouth, lips and eyes.
  • After applying, wash your hands.
  • If you’re applying cream or gel on the area between toes, or on the bottom or groin then you can cover the skin with a clean strip of gauze afterwards.

How to use Terbinafine Spray?

Spray it on the affected area once or twice a day for 1 to 2 weeks.

  • Before using the spray wash your hands
  • Wash and dry the infected skin before spraying it. If you’re treating the feet it’s important to wash and dry the toes.
  • Take the Cap off and spray it on the affected area for once or twice
  • After spraying it on the affected area wash your hands properly.

How to use Terbinafine Solution?

  • Use the solution after a shower and Dry the feet before using the solution.
  • Put the solution on the top and sides of the foot and all over the toes.
  • Let the solution dry on your feet for 1-2 minutes.
  • Wash the hands after using Terbinafine solutions.

How to take Terbinafine tablets?

Swallow the tablet and drink plenty of water. Terbinafine tablets can be taken with or without foods. The common dosage is 1 tablet which should be taken one a day for 2 to 6 weeks.

Dosage:

  • Tablet-250 mg
  • Packet, oral granules- 125 mg, 187.5 mg

Dosage for several conditions:

  • Onychomycosis:250 mg (1 tablet) for 6-12 weeks (fingernail and toenail)
  • Tinea Pedis:250 mg tablet per day for 2-6 weeks
  • Tinea Corporis:250 mg per day for 2-4 weeks

Missed Dose:

The skipped dose causes no problem. But with some medication, it won’t work if you don’t take the dosage on time. If you miss a dose some sudden chemical change may affect your body. In some cases, your doctor would advise you to take the prescribed medicine as soon as possible if you have missed the dose.

Overdose:

Overdose of a drug can be accidental. If you have taken more than the prescribed Terbinafine tablets there is a chance of getting a harmful effect on your body’s functions. Overdose of a medicine can lead to some medical emergency.

Warnings for some serious health conditions:

  • Pregnancy: There is no such report that Terbinafine will affect your unborn baby. But for your and baby’s safety, the doctor may advise you to use it in pregnancy if benefits outweigh the risks.
  • Breastfeeding: You can use Terbinafine gel, cream, spray and solution while you’re breastfeeding. Terbinafine tablets are not recommended during breastfeeding.

Storage:

Direct contact with heat, air and light may damage your medicines. The exposure of medicine may cause some harmful effects. The medicine must be kept in a safe place and out of children’s reach.
Mainly the drug should be kept at room temperature between 68ºF and 77ºF (20ºC and 25ºC).
Before taking Terbinafine consult your Doctor. In case if you face any problems or get any side effects after taking Terbinafine, rush immediately to your nearby hospital or consult your doctor for better treatment. Carry your medications always in your bag while travelling to avoid any immediate emergencies. Follow your prescription and follow your Doctor advice whenever you take Terbinafine

Terbinafine vs. Itraconazole:

Terbinafine Itraconazole
Terbinafine is an antifungal medication which fights with infections caused by fungus. These tablets are used for treating infections that are caused by fungus which affects the fingernails or toenails. It's an antifungal medication which is used in adults for treating infections caused by fungus. Infections can be caused in any part of the body including lungs, mouth, throat, toenails and fingernails.
Terbinafine are sued for treating skin infections caused by yeast and fungus which includes:
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Fungal nail infections
  • Ringworm
  • Jock itch
  • Pityriasis Versicolor
Itraconazole is used for treating fungal infections. It belongs to azole antifungal drugs. It works as stopping the growth of fungi.
Some of the serious side effects of Terbinafine are:
  • Persistent Nausea
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Yellow skin and eyes
  • Dark Urine
  • Pale stools
  • Smell disturbance
Some serious side effects of Itraconazole are:
  • Blurred vision
  • Fast heartbeats
  • Numbness
  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • Low potassium level
  • Pancreatitis
  • Liver Problem

Frequently Asked Questions:

Terbinafine usually starts working in a few days. Try talking to your doctor if you’re not feeling better within 1 week.
Terbinafine should be taken for 2 to 6 weeks depending upon the fungal infections.
Try to avoid coffee, tea, cola, energy drinks or other sources which have the presence of caffeine in it.

Citations:

  • Terbinafine, https://link.springer.com/article/10.2165/00003495-199243020-00010
  • Terbinafine Uses, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2133.1992.tb00001.x
  • Terbinafine Side-Effects: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0002962915342828