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What is Lamisil Cream (Terbinafine) prescribed for?

Fungal infections are a common occurrence throughout the natural world. And within humans a fungal infection occurs when an invading fungus takes over an area of the body, and becomes too much for the immune system to handle. Fungus can live in anything, the air, soil, water, and in plants, as well as humans. And when in humans, in can lead to skin problems like rashes and bumps.

Terbinafine, the active ingredient in Lamisil Cream, is used to treat various types of fungus, such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch. This medication is also used to treat a skin condition known as pityriasis, which is a fungal infection that causes the lightening and darkening of the skin of the neck, chest, arms and legs. This medicine is what is known as an antifungal. Taking this medication will ultimately stop the growth of the fungus.

This medication comes in the singular strength of 1%. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.


This medication is to be used on the skin only. Clean and dry the affected area. Then apply a thin layer of the medication on and around the affected area. This medication is usually used once or twice a day or as directed to you by your doctor.  After use, wash your hands. And do not cover, wrap, or bandage the affected area unless otherwise told to do so by your doctor.

Do not apply this medication to any of the following areas; eyes, nose, mouth, or inside the vagina. If you do per chance get the medication within these areas, make sure to flush with plenty of water.

The dosage is based on your medical condition, and your response to the treatment. Do not apply this more often or use longer then directed. It may cause a increase in the risk of side effects.


Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Terbinafine, or to any other medications or allergies in general.

Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur while taking this mediation, they are as follows; Burning, irritation, or itching at the application site may occur. However, if these symptoms do persist or worsen, it is best to consult with your doctor.

If you are experiencing any of these rare but very serious side effects, seek medical help right away. The side effects are as follows; blistering/swelling/oozing at the application site.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.


What is Lamisil Cream?

Lamisil cream is a topical medication containing a single active ingredient, and may be purchased with a prescription; however, it is not required as it can be bought over-the-counter. Lamisil cream is manufactured by a company called GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and; according to Forbes, as of 2019, GSK was the world’s sixth largest pharmaceutical company. GSK has many other replicable medications, such as the popular Ventolin inhaler and Ventolin HFA.


What is in Lamisil Cream?

Lamisil cream is made up of a drug called terbinafine HCL; what is terbinafine HCL? Terbinafine hydrochloride (HCL) is an antifungal drug which is metabolized in the liver with a highly variable half-life; it is what makes Lamisil cream therapeutically effective. It was first discovered in 1991 and has since been listed on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines; this means it is one of the safest and most effective drugs for the most significant needs within the health system.


What is Lamisil used for?

Lamisil cream (terbinafine) is used for the treatment of fungal infections; specifically tinea fungal infections. Tinea is a group of fungal infections caused by dermatophytes; dermatophytes are pathogenic fungi that are spread through direct contact from other people, animals, and soil, as well as indirectly from objects and materials. Within this group of fungal infections includes tinea pedis (athlete’s foot), tinea cruris (jock itch), and tinea corporis (ringworm). Additionally, Lamisil cream may also be used for tinea versicolor, which, despite its name, is not caused by dermatophytes, but by natural yeast found in human skin (a type of fungi); due to this, the condition is more commonly referred to as pityriasis versicolor to prevent it from being associated as a tinea. All of these infections are associated with an itch and may include redness and irritation.


What does Lamisil do?

Lamisil cream kills the dermatophytes that cause the infection. Terbinafine inhibits a specific enzyme inside the fungal cell membrane which interferes with cell growth (known as fungal sterol biosynthesis). Inhibition of the enzyme results in a deficiency in ergosterol (a steroid which acts like food or fuel to fungi, as they need it to survive); this ultimately ends up depriving and killing the fungi (dermatophytes).


How to use Lamisil cream?

Your doctor will explain how to apply Lamisil cream when prescribing it to you; ensure you follow your doctor’s directions carefully. Clean the affected area before applying the cream. Use only a thin layer of the medication; gently and evenly rub it into the skin, applying cream to the affected area as well as the surrounding skin. You may apply this cream up to twice a day, as directed by your doctor. If applying in areas of skin folds (such as in between toes), you may want to consider covering the affected area with gauze after applying the medication, especially at night.


What happens if you drink while taking Lamisil?

There is an interaction between alcohol and terbinafine; mixing the two can cause an increased risk of serious side effect. However, the risk is higher when taking the tablet form of Lamisil; with that being said there is still a risk between the topical form of Lamisil and alcohol and mixing the two should be avoided if possible. Speak with your doctor to learn more about the risks of consuming alcohol while using terbinafine.


How long does it take for terbinafine to work on skin?

It is suggested that you should find relief from symptoms within a couple days of starting treatment; irregular or improper use may affect the efficiency of the medication. If no signs of improvement show within 2 weeks of proper use, you may want to consider consulting your doctor as this medication may not be right for you.


How effective is Lamisil?

Lamisil is a very effective medication for a lot of people. To give you an idea on the effectiveness; a study was done for the treatment of tinea pedis (athlete’s foot) comparing a 1 week treatment using terbinafine (Lamisil) 1% cream to a 4 week treatment using clotrimazole (Canesten) 1% cream. The study was done by the British Journal of Dermatology; the results of the study revealed that the 1 week of treatment using terbinafine was more effective than the 4 week treatment using clotrimazole. Additionally, you can find terbinafine on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines; this means it is one of the safest and most effective drugs for the most significant needs within the health system.


Where to buy Lamisil cream?

You can buy Lamisil cream at My Drug Center from the comfort of your own home; we carry the brand name medication - Lamisil cream 1% - in 30, 60, and 90 gram bottles. No prescription is required when purchasing Lamisil Cream.


How much does Lamisil cream cost?

 At My Drug Center, Lamisil cream can be purchased for as low as $44.00 for a 30g bottle; $70.00 for a 60g bottle; or $82.00 for a 90g bottle. You can purchase Lamisil cream for this price and have it delivered directly to you, with no prescription required, when you order Lamisil cream through My Drug Center.


What are the side effects of Lamisil?

Some side effects of terbinafine (Lamisil cream) may include diarrhea or upset stomach; these are the more common side effects. You may also experience acid or sour stomach, belching, or change or loss of taste; these side effects are less common. The listed side effects should not alarm you; other side effects not listed here may also occur. Speak with your doctor if side effects become unmanageable or do not go away.

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