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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Terbinafine (Overview)

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


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What is terbinafine?

What is terbinafine?

Antifungal.: Terbinafine is an antifungal medication used primarily to treat fungal infections of the toenail and fingernail. It can come as a cream or an oral tablet, once a day for 6 weeks for fingernail fungus and once a day for 12 weeks for toenail fungus. Brand names include Lamisil (terbinafine) or terbinex. More information at the national library of medicine: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001069/.

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Terbinafine (Overview)

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


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I'm taking terbinafine, its a prescribed pill for toe fungus. Is it safe to take?

I'm taking terbinafine, its a prescribed pill for toe fungus. Is it safe to take?

Yes: If prescribed and taken as directed, it is effective and safe for onychomycosis. Blood tests are often ordered to ensure this. Your doctor would have screened for potential interactions with other drugs.

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I was prescribed oral terbinafine to cure onychomycosis. I took it for 5 months, I saw progress but no cure. Is there another effective treatment?

I was prescribed oral terbinafine to cure onychomycosis. I took it for 5 months, I saw progress but no cure. Is there another effective treatment?

Not all thick: Discolored nails are fungal. If they weren't cultured and showed a fungus, your nail condition may not be fungal, which explains why oral Lamisil (terbinafine) didn't work.

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Can I use terbinafine topical in infant?

Can I use terbinafine topical in infant?

12+ yrs: Terbinafine is approved for children 12yrs & up. There is little that passes through the skin but check with your baby's doctor.

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Fungal infection on foot. Present 8+ yrs. Comes on as blisters, fades over time. I used terbinafine for 9mo. Worked but infections back. What to do?

Fungal infection on foot. Present 8+ yrs. Comes on as blisters, fades over time. I used terbinafine for 9mo. Worked but infections back. What to do?

Infection from withi: You may need an oral antifungal medication to kill the infection from within. In addition, you should get your feet examined to make sure you don't have a bacterial superinfection. Third, disinfect all shoes, slippers, footwear with an antifungal spray/vapor. Fourth, wash all socks in hot water. Either way, have your feet examined by a podiatrist.

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If topical terbinafine didn't work, will oral terbinafine do?

Worthy of a try: There are several factors involved in evaluating a response topical terbinafine. You first need to know what you are treating (t. Pedis, I presume?). Then see a dermatologist to get individualized treatment to see what is best for you.

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How soon after finishing your last terbinafine pill is it safe to start drinking alcohol again?

How soon after finishing your last terbinafine pill is it safe to start drinking alcohol again?

Good question: Terbinafine can cause chemical hepatitis & has a 36 hour half life. That means it takes about five days to clear your liver of all terbinafine. Alcohol is a known hepatotoxic substance. Although no clear contraindications are in the package insert for terbinafine, it seems prudent to forgo alcohol or Acetaminophen for a week after last dose of terbinafine to be safe.

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How long after taking terbinafine 250 mg tablets twice a day is ringworm not contagious?

How long after taking terbinafine 250 mg tablets twice a day is ringworm not contagious?

10 days or less: The skin turns over all its outer cells every `10 days. Finger nails are renewed in 6 months, toenails in 12 months. Why are you taking a double dose?

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Can terbinafine side effect dark line under toe?

Can terbinafine side effect dark line under toe?

No, but: The fungus in and under your nail that you're taking the terbinafine for certainly can produce this. Some fungi produce dark pigments. Show this to the doctor who prescribed the lamisil.

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I'm worried about the side effects from taking Lamisil (terbinafine) for skin fungus. How can I avoid them?

2 weeks treatment: The usual treatment for skin fungal infection with Lamisil (terbinafine) is 2 weeks. Unless you are at a high risk for complications from other comorbidities, the use of Lamisil (terbinafine) for 2 weeks is very safe. However, there are some very effective topical medications that may get the job done without the pills.

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How long does it take terbinafine taken orally (250 mg 1 time daily) to begin to improve fungal folliculitis? I haven taken 3 pills over 3 days but no improvement yet.

How long does it take terbinafine taken orally (250 mg 1 time daily) to begin to improve fungal folliculitis? I haven taken 3 pills over 3 days but no improvement yet.

Weeks: Fungal infections are slow growing, and therefore slow to resolve. That's why you have to take medication for a while. Even after the fungus is killed, the rash itself takes a while to heal. Be patient.

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I have just started taking Terbinafine (250 mg a day for 2 weeks). I have read different information about the half-life of the product and that it even stays in your body working a long time (even after the half-life time period). How long does it take f

I have just started taking Terbinafine (250 mg a day for 2 weeks). I have read different information about the half-life of the product and that it even stays in your body working a long time (even after the half-life time period). How long does it take f

Terbinafine halflife: Thank you for your question. When used for short-term use (2 weeks), Terbinafine's half-life is defined as 36 hours, therefore it exits the bloodstream after 72 hours. When used for 90 days for nail infection, Terbinafine may be present in the nail plate for much longer, but not the bloodstream. Varying underlying conditions may alter this and assessment by a medical professional is helpful.

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I lost hair due to fungal infection my doctor gave terbinafine to me I was wondering how much time will it take to get my lost hair back?

I lost hair due to fungal infection my doctor gave terbinafine to me I was wondering how much time will it take to get my lost hair back?

1-2 months usually: As the fungal infection is treated, the hair must go through a series of steps to reestablish growth. This process takes about 1-2 months before the hair will start to be visible on the surface of the scalp.

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What is terbinafine?

Antifungal.: Terbinafine is an antifungal medication used primarily to treat fungal infections of the toenail and fingernail. It can come as a cream or an oral tablet, once a day for 6 weeks for fingernail fungus and once a day for 12 weeks for toenail fungus. Brand names include Lamisil (terbinafine) or terbinex. More information at the national library of medicine: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001069/.

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What is the use of terbinafine?

Antifungal: It is an antifungal agent used most commonly these days for jungal infections of the skin, hair and nails.

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What can terbinafine tablets do?

Antifungal: It is an antifungal agent used most commonly these days for jungal infections of the skin, hair and nails.

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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