Terbinafine, naftifine, and butenafine creams and gels are applied
to infected areas of the skin. Some types of terbinafine cream and naftifine
cream are available without a prescription. You apply these creams 1 to 2 times
a day for up to 4 weeks.
How It Works
Allylamines kill fungi.
Why It Is Used
Allylamines are used to treat ringworm of the skin. If an antifungal cream does not clear up the infection or if the
infection is widespread or severe, your doctor may prescribe antifungal
How Well It Works
Allylamines are an effective treatment for ringworm of the skin.
Side effects are rare when you use allylamine creams to treat
Side effects of pills may include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference
is not available in all systems.)
If you are taking antifungal pills, your doctor may monitor your
blood count and liver function during treatment to watch for any bad side
effects. This may not be needed in people who are otherwise healthy.
What To Think About
Women who are nursing a baby should
not take allylamine pills.
Do not drink
alcohol while taking terbinafine pills, because this may increase the risk of
Allylamine pills should not be taken with some other
medicines, such as an excessive amount of acetaminophen (Tylenol). Let your
doctor know what other medicines you are taking.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.