LAMISIL DRUG INFO
The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute
for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or
other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate
that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.
Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
TERBINAFINE ORAL (ter-BIN-uh-feen)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Lamisil
USES: This is an antifungal medication
used to treat fungal infections of the fingernail or toenail.
HOW TO USE: Take this by mouth
as directed usually once a day. Treatment may continue for 6 weeks
for a fingernail infection or 12 weeks for a toenail infection.
Another method of dosing involves using the drug for one week per
month until treatment is completed. Continue to take this until
the full prescribed amount is finished. Stopping the medication
too early may result in ineffective treatment or a relapse of the
SIDE EFFECTS: Headache, diarrhea,
gas, stomach upset, nausea or rash may occur. If any of these effects
persist or worsen, notify your doctor. You may experience a temporary
loss or change in taste sensation that will return after the medication
is stopped. Tell your doctor immediately if these highly unlikely
but very serious side effects occur: easy bleeding or bruising,
persistent sore throat, vision changes, fever. Rarely, serious and
possibly fatal liver disease has occurred during oral terbinafine
use. Immediately report symptoms such as: dark urine, yellowing
eyes/skin, extreme fatigue, vomiting. In the unlikely event you
have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling,
dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed
above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your
medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, drug
allergies. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before taking this
drug. Because fungal toenail or fingernail infection treatment generally
should be postponed until after pregnancy, discuss the risks and
benefits with your doctor. This drug is excreted into breast milk
and therefore is not recommended for use while breast-feeding. Consult
with your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor
of any nonprescription or prescription medication you may take,
including: rifampin, rifabutin, cyclosporine, warfarin, cimetidine.
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Symptoms of overdose may include headache, nausea, stomach pain,
NOTES: The fungal infection may
be cured within several weeks. However, the nail bed may not appear
healthy until it grows out completely over a few months. If it does
not improve or becomes worse with continued therapy, notify your
doctor. This medication is prescribed for your current condition
only. Do not use it for another infection or share it with others.
Another infection later on may require a different medicine. Your
doctor may periodically perform lab tests during treatment to monitor
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose,
take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next
dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature
between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 to 25 degrees C) away from heat
and light as directed.