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Tolnaftate Description

Tolnaftate Description

Generic Name : TOLNAFTATE

Pronunciation : (tole naf' tate)

Trade Name(s) : Tanacidal, Tinaderm, Tinavate

Why it is prescribed: Tolnaftate stops the growth of fungi that cause skin infections, including athlete's foot, jock itch, and body ringworm.

When it is to be taken: Tolnaftate is usually applied twice a day, in the morning and at bedtime. This medication must be used regularly to be effective. The burning and soreness of athlete's foot or the itching of jock itch should decrease within two to three days. Continue treatment for at least two weeks after symptoms disappear. A total of four to six weeks of treatment may be necessary.

How it should be taken: Tolnaftate comes as a cream, liquid, powder, gel, spray powder, and spray liquid for application to the skin. Your doctor can help you decide the best form for you. Use just enough cream, gel or liquid to cover the affected area of skin. The bottle should be shaken well before each use to mix the medication and then sprayed from a distance of at least 6 inches.

Special Instruction :
1. Wash and dry the skin area just before each application of the medication.
2. Tolnaftate is to be used only on the skin. Do not swallow it.
3. Do not allow tolnaftate to contact your eyes.
4. Do not use sprays near heat or an open flame or while you are smoking.
5. Do not puncture spray cans or throw them into a fire.
6. If you forget to apply, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it.

Side Effects : Stinging from the spray liquid. This effect is harmless and goes away quickly.

Other Precautions :
1. If you do not notice improvement of symptoms within 10 days, contact your doctor to determine whether tolnaftate is the correct medication for your condition.
2. Deliberately inhaling the spray forms of this medication may be harmful or fatal.

Storage Conditions :
1. Keep tolnaftate in a cool, dry place and out of the reach of children.
2. Avoid freezing the medication.
3. If the liquid becomes solid, place the closed container in a pan of warm, but not hot water. This will not damage the medication.

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