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Nizoral (ketoconazole): Nizoral has a broader spectrum of antifungal coverage than naftin (naftifine). Naftin (naftifine) indicated for trichophyton fungal infections (athlete's foot, jock rash) whereas Nizoral also covers candida (yeast) fungal infections which is commonly associated with balanitis. ...Read more
I have this terrible itch on my balls & been prescribed fluconazole 150mg 6 months ago & now naftin (naftifine) for the past month. Nothing helps. Itches nonstop!
Itchy scrotum: Did the dermatologist do a skin scraping or a biopsy? Maybe you need a scrotal ultrasound. And it looks like you have an IgA deficiency so are they making sure it isn't an infection? If nothing else buy some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream and 1% Hydrocortisone cream... Mix together... And apply three to four times daily. ...Read more
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?
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. ...Read more
No: Most topicals do not work well on nail fungus. There are a few that are specifically for nail fungus, but even these don't work as often as anyone would like. If you try a topical, it is important to use as often as suggested and keep the nail trimmed as short and thin as possible to give the medicine a chance to work. It may take the nail 6 months to grow out. Dr l. ...Read more
For nail fungus in one toe which has lost nail, my dr prescribed naftin (naftifine). Everything I read says topicals don't work. Should I ask for oral med?
Not yet.: I think it is best to start with a topical as they can work, if not then the oral meds are the next step. Those meds can have lots of side effects, so be sure to discuss those with your physician if you do need to start the oral anti fungal medication. ...Read more
Naftin allergy: Naftin (Naftifine) is an antifungal medication. An allergy occurs when your bodys immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: http://www.rxlist.com/naftin-cream-drug.htm ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
RSD, or: Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to treat and each patient needs to be treated differently. Opioid medications are definitely not the first option. Consider medications that affect nerve pain most, like neuromodulators such as gabapentin. Clonidine has been found to help some as well. Stellate ganglion blocks can be diagnostic/therapeutic. Consider topical ketamine creams as well. ...Read more
Antacid: A h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more
Elimiron: Elmiron (pentosan) is a medication that is fda approved for ic (interstitial cystitis). The main way it works is not truly known, but it may help with coating the lining of the bladder. In ic, inflammation may be the main cause of pain. Have you seen a doctor in regard to this? Hopefully, you can get the proper testing and see if this med would work well for you. ...Read more
Some people do: ADD medications, stimulants in particular may change the way you feel. Some feel calmer or less restless or agitated. Some feel more focused. Some feel increased restlessness. But in short, yes, stimulants can make you feel differently than prior to taking them. ...Read more