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All about: Naftin Gel

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Generic Name: Naftifine Gel (NAFF-tih-feen)
Brand Name: Naftin

Naftin Gel is used for:

Treating athlete's foot, jock itch, or ringworm. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Naftin Gel is an antifungal gel. Exactly how it works is not known. It is thought to inhibit production of a certain enzyme necessary for the life of the fungus.

Do NOT use Naftin Gel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Naftin Gel

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

Before using Naftin Gel:

Some medical conditions may interact with Naftin Gel. 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

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Naftin Gel. Because little, if any, of Naftin Gel is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Naftin Gel 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 Naftin Gel:

Use Naftin Gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Naftin Gel. Read it carefully. Read it again each time you get Naftin Gel refilled.
  • Wash and completely dry the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Naftin Gel.
  • Do not cover the area being treated with a bandage or dressing unless directed by your doctor.
  • Naftin Gel is for external use only. Avoid getting Naftin Gel in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use Naftin Gel for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • If you miss a dose of Naftin Gel, use 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 use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Naftin Gel.

Important safety information:

  • If your symptoms do not get better within 4 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Be sure to use Naftin Gel 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.
  • If irritation or sensitivity occurs, contact your health care provider.
  • Naftin Gel may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Naftin Gel should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Naftin Gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if Naftin Gel is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Naftin Gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Naftin Gel:

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:

Burning; dryness; stinging.

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); irritation or tenderness not present before starting Naftin Gel.

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 Naftin Gel:

Store at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Naftin Gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Naftin Gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Naftin Gel 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 Naftin Gel. 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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