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Generic Name: Griseofulvin Microsize Oral Suspension (gri-see-oh-FULL-vin)
Brand Name: Grifulvin V

Grifulvin V Microsize is used for:

Treating fungal infections of the scalp, body, foot (athlete's foot), nails, thigh (jock itch), or hair follicles (barber's itch).

Grifulvin V Microsize is an antifungal agent. It works by making the skin more resistant to fungal growth.

Do NOT use Grifulvin V Microsize if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Grifulvin V Microsize
  • you have severe liver disease or the blood disease porphyria
  • you are pregnant

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Grifulvin V Microsize:

Some medical conditions may interact with Grifulvin V Microsize. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have diabetes, liver disease, lupus, or numbness of the hands or feet

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Grifulvin V Microsize. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital) because they may decrease Grifulvin V Microsize's effectiveness
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), cyclosporine, or oral contraceptives (birth control pills) because their effectiveness may be decreased by Grifulvin V Microsize

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Grifulvin V Microsize may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Grifulvin V Microsize:

Use Grifulvin V Microsize as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Grifulvin V Microsize by mouth with or without food.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use Grifulvin V Microsize for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • If you miss a dose of Grifulvin V Microsize, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Grifulvin V Microsize.

Important safety information:

  • Grifulvin V Microsize may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Grifulvin V Microsize with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Be sure to use Grifulvin V Microsize for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The fungus could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Grifulvin V Microsize.
  • Grifulvin V Microsize may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Grifulvin V Microsize. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • It is important to practice good hygiene during and after use to prevent reinfection.
  • Hormonal birth control (eg, birth control pills) may not work as well while you are using Grifulvin V Microsize. To prevent pregnancy, use an extra form of birth control (eg, condoms).
  • Use an effective form of birth control for 6 months after using Grifulvin V Microsize.
  • Lab tests, including complete blood cell counts, liver function, and kidney function, may be performed while you use Grifulvin V Microsize. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Grifulvin V Microsize should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 3 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use Grifulvin V Microsize if you are pregnant. Avoid becoming pregnant while you are taking it. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Grifulvin V Microsize, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Grifulvin V Microsize:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; difficulty sleeping; dizziness; fatigue; headache; nausea; stomach upset; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); confusion; numbness of tingling of the hands or feet; white patches in the mouth.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Grifulvin V Microsize:

Store Grifulvin V Microsize at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Grifulvin V Microsize out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Grifulvin V Microsize, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Grifulvin V Microsize is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Grifulvin V Microsize. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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