What is Lamisil?
Lamisil is an antifungal antibiotic used to treat fungal infections that affect the fingernails or toenails.
Lamisil has become one of the more popular drugs prescribed by health professionals for the treatment of fungal infections.
Like with many drugs, Lamisil must be used with precautions and you must talk to your health professional about your health, especially if you are trying to become pregnant or nursing a child.
I stress that you must read my article on Nail Fungus Medications so you are aware of the quite severe side effects that antifungal drugs can have on your body.
This should really scare you – The Government Issuing Health Warnings about the use of Lamasil and Sporanox.
What Lamisil Tablets Are Used For
Lamisil tablets are used to treat:
- fungal infections of the finger nails and toe nails
- tinea (ringworm) infections of the groin and body
- tinea infections of the feet, commonly called “athlete’s foot.”
Active Ingredient of Lamisil
The active ingredient is Terbinafine.
Terbinafine is an antifungal antibiotic.
How Does Lamisil Work?
Terbinafine works best on killing dermatophytes group of fungi.Terbinafine works by inhibiting ergosterol, a component of fungal cell membranes, synthesis by inhibiting the fungal cells membrane synthesis pathway.
Technically Terbinafine prevents the conversion of squalene to lanosterol so that ergosterol cannot be synthesized.
Children and Lamisil
There is insufficient information to recommend the use of Lamisil in children. However, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Terbinafine hydrochloride, by Novartis AG, on September 28, 2007 for the use by children aged 4 years and older.
Where Do I Get Lamisil?
Lamisil tablets are only available with a doctor’s prescription.
How Do I Take Lamisil Tablets?
Carefully follow the instructions given by your doctor or pharmacist. The dosage may vary from the information contained within the package leaflet. The Lamisil tablet is taken with a full glass of water about the same time each day for best results. If Lamisil upsets your stomach try taking immediately after a light meal.
The usual dose of Lamisil is one tablet (250 mg) each day, however if you have kidney problems, the dose may be reduced to one-half a tablet each day.
How Long Do I Take Lamisil?
The duration of your treatment will depend on the type of infection you have, how well you respond to the treatment, and what part of the body is infected.
Fungal skin infections (tinea):
Usually tablets for Tinea infections of the feet (athlete’s foot) are taken for 2-6 weeks. Tinea infections of the body, or groin, are usually taken for 2-4 weeks.
The symptoms and signs of the infection may last for several weeks after the fungi (dermatophytes) have been killed.
Fungal nail infections:
Usually tablets are taken anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months as fungal nail infections take longer to heal.
If you have a fungal infection of the toenail you may need to take tablets for up to 6 months as your toenails grow very slowly.
It may take several months for your nail to look normal again as the deformed part of the nail has to grow out and be replaced with healthy nail.
All medicines have side effects and tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you suspect something is wrong. Lamisil is no different.
Immediately tell your doctor or go to the Accident and Emergency area of your nearest hospital if you notice any of the following side effects of Lamisil.
- Chest pain.
- Allergy signs, such as swelling of the face, tongue, lips, throat, or any other part of the body.
- Shortness of breath or troubled breathing, dizziness.
- Redness, itching or rash, blistering, peeling of layers of skin.
- Bleeding of the lips, eyes, mouth, nose or genitals. These signs may be accompanied by a fever and chills, aching muscles and general feeling of unwell
- Signs of serious liver problems such as persistent nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite pain in the upper-right abdomen, yellowing of the eyes and/or skin, dark urine or pale bowel movements.
- Possible blood problems with signs of ‘flu like’ symptoms such as a fever, sore throat, mouth ulcers, chills, swollen glands and lack of energy, of unusual bleeding or bruising.
Advise your doctor if you suffer from any of the following:
- Nausea or vomiting,
- Upset stomach of heartburn, cramps, wind, belching,
- Aching joints or muscles,
- Headache or light headiness,
- Tiredness, sleepiness,
- Change or loss in sense of taste,
- Psoriasis (thickened patches of red skin, often with silvery scales,
- Hair loss,
- Tingling of numbness,
- Decreased physical sensitivity.
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