What is it used for?
TERBINAFINE is an antifungal drug. It is used for the treatment of finger and toe nail infections caused by the certain types of fungus.
What should I discuss with my physician prior to taking this medicine?
Please do tell your physician if you have any of the following conditions:
- drink alcoholic beverages
- kidney diseases
- liver diseases
- an unusual or allergic reaction to terbinafine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How is this medicine should be taken?
This medicine should be taken orally accompanied with a full glass of water. You can take this medicine with food or on an empty stomach. This medicine should be taken at the regular intervals. You should never take this medicine more often than prescribed. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early even if you feel better. You shouldn’t stop the treatment course unless your physician specifically advised you to do so.
Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine by children. Special care might be necessary.
Overdosage: If you suspect an overdosage, get in touch with the nearest poison control center or emergency room immediately.
NOTE: This medicine is only intended for your use. You should never share it with the others.
What to do if I missed a dose?
If you missed a dose, it should be taken as soon as possible. If the time has almost come for the next dose, only that one should be taken. You should never take double or extra doses; a single doze is sufficient for the purposes.
What are the possible interactions with the other medicine/food/etc?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following:
This medicine may also interact with the following:
- medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
- medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole and ketoconazole
- medicines for irregular heartbeat like amiodarone, flecainide and propafenone
This list is not all-inclusive and may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements that you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some of those items may also interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while taking this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care provider regularly. Tell your doctor right away if you have a nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain on your right upper side, yellow skin, dark urine, light stools, or are over tired. Some fungal infections need many weeks or months of the treatment to cure. If you are taking this medicine for a long time, you will need to have the blood tests to be done.
What side effects may I notice from receiving Terbinafine?
The following side effects should be reported to your doctor or health care professional as soon as they are noticed:
- allergic reactions like skin rash or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- changes in vision
- dark urine
- fever or infection
- general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
- light-colored stools
- loss of appetite, nausea
- redness, blistering, skin peeling or loosening, including inside the mouth
- right upper belly pain
- unusual weakness or feeling tired
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
The side effects listed below usually do not necessarily require any medical attention (please do report them to your physician if they are recurrent or bothersome):
- changes in taste
- hair loss
- muscle or joint pain
- stomach gas
- stomach upset
Other side effects are also possible, the above list is not all inclusive.
Where should I store it?
Keep this medicine out of the children’s reach.
Store it at the room temperature below 25 degrees C (77 degrees F). Protect it from the light. Dispose of any unused medicine after the expiry date is reached.