A member asked:

Big toenails removed. dr prescribed naftin (naftifine) 2% 45g for 8 months on the nail bed. that seems way too long. box says 2 weeks. thoughts?

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Dr. Thomas Graziano answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Mycotic nails: Actually 8 months of therapy for a fungus nail involving the great toes is not a long time since it takes about a year for the nail to completely regrow. Topical treatments however have limited benefit. Oral antifungals like Lamisil (terbinafine) have produced better outcomes. Current literature supports pulse dosing over the course of a year.

Answered 1/27/2015

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Naftin (naftifine) is generally : For skin fungus. You are using it for nail fungus. The nails were removed but it takes months for the toenail to grow in. This is likely the logic behind the decision.

Answered 4/12/2013

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