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What is Spectazole (Econazole) prescribed for?
A fungal infection, also called a mycosis, is a skin disease caused by a fungus. There are millions of species of fungi. They live in the dirt, plants, on household surfaces, and even on your skin. And at times they can lead to a variety of skin problems from rashes to bumps.
Econazole is used to treat a variety of fungal skin infections, from athlete’s foot to jock itch and to ringworm. This medication is also known to treat a skin condition known as pityriasis, which is a fungal infection that that causes the lightening and darkening of the skin on the neck, chest, arms, or legs.
Econazole is an azole antifungal and it works by preventing the growth of the fungus.
Make sure to read any information given to you by your doctor, and consult your doctor if you have any questions regarding this medication.
This medication is to be used on the skin only. Make sure you thoroughly clean and dry the area to be treated. Then apply the medication on and around the affected area. This is usually done once or twice a day. Remember the dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment.
When complete, wash your hands. And do not wrap, cover, or bandage the area unless directed to do so otherwise by your doctor.
Do not get this medication in the eyes, nose or mouth, or inside the vagina. If you do so, make sure you flush thoroughly. Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Econazole; or to other azole antifungals (such as clotrimazole, ketoconazole, miconazole); or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
You should also let your doctor know of all of your medical history.
While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; Burning, stinging, irritation, or redness at the application site may occur. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: 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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