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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Naftin (Overview)

Naftin is a topical anti-fungus agent which is a kind of anti-fungal drug (antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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Is naftin (naftifine) cream effective against nail fungus?

Is naftin (naftifine) cream effective against nail fungus?

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

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Naftin (Overview)

Naftin is a topical anti-fungus agent which is a kind of anti-fungal drug (antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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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?

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

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Which is best for balanitis, naftin (naftifine) or nizoral?

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

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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

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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

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Is naftin (naftifine) cream effective against nail fungus?

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

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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

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Is naftin (naftifine) anti-fungal cream any good against nail fungus?

Naftin (naftifine): Unfortunately the answer is no and you should go with the laser(cutera)/topical(formula 3) with steri shoe. ...Read more

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Which is better for toe nail fungus - naftin (naftifine) or econazole nitrate?

Which is better for toe nail fungus - naftin (naftifine) or econazole nitrate?

Better for skin: Either one of them is better for the skin fungus than the toe nail's. Topicals need to be as solutions or used in conjunction with certain procedures... Laser therapy could help as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Naftifine (Definition)

Naftifine is a topical anti-fungus agent which is a kind of anti-fungal ...Read more