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What is Lamisil (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, is used to treat various types of fungus. For example: toenail and fingernail fungus. This medication is what is known as an antifungal. Taking this medication will ultimately stop the growth of the fungus.
This medication is to be taken by mouth, with or without food. And it is usually taken once a day, or as directed by your doctor. Remember the dosage you are given is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment.
After you finish your treatment, it may take up to several months before you see the full benefit of this medication. However continued correct dosages taken in this medication is a must, if you stop during the time this medicine has been prescribed to you then it may allow the fungus to continue to grow, which may result in the return of the infection.
Inform your doctor if your condition continues to remain the sale, or becomes worse.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Terbinafine or Prilocaine, or to any other medications or allergies in general.
Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform them you have had the following; immune system problems, kidney disease, liver disease, lupus.
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Therefore, while using this medication it is best to limit your time in the sun. And avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Make sure when you venture outdoors to wear protective clothes and sunscreen. Notify your doctor right away if you get sunburned, or have skin blisters and redness.
Some side effects may occur while taking this mediation, they are as follows; Diarrhea or stomach upset may occur. However, if these symptoms do persist or worsen, it is best to consult with your doctor.
This medication may rarely cause a serious liver disease. Seek medical attention right away if you have any of the symptoms below; symptoms of liver damage, such as: nausea/vomiting that doesn't stop, loss of appetite, severe stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine.
Changes in your taste and smell or loss of these senses may occur. Notify your doctor right away if you experience any of these side effects.
If you are experiencing any of these rare but very serious side effects, seek medical help right away. The side effects are as follows; vision changes, mental/mood changes (such as depression), unexplained bleeding/bruising, unusual tiredness, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine).
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 happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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