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Table of Contents > Drugs >  Tolnaftate
Tolnaftate
Pronunciation
Brand Names
Foreign Brand Names
Therapeutic Categories
Reasons not to take this medicine
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(tole NAF tate)

Brand Names
Absorbine® Antifungal [OTC]; Absorbine® Jock Itch [OTC]; Absorbine Jr.® Antifungal [OTC]; Aftate® for Athlete's Foot [OTC]; Aftate® for Jock Itch [OTC]; Blis-To-Sol®[OTC]; Breezee® Mist Antifungal [OTC]; Dr Scholl's Athlete's Foot [OTC]; Dr Scholl's Maximum Strength Tritin [OTC]; Genaspor®[OTC]; NP-27®[OTC]; Quinsana Plus®[OTC]; Tinactin®[OTC]; Tinactin® for Jock Itch [OTC]; Ting®[OTC]

Foreign Brand Names
Pitrex® (Canada); Tinaderm® (Mexico)

Therapeutic Categories
Antifungal Agent, Topical

Reasons not to take this medicine

  • If you have an allergy to tolnaftate or any other part of the medicine.
  • If you have nail or scalp infections.


What is this medicine used for?

  • This medicine is used to treat athlete's foot, jock itch, and other fungal skin infections.
  • The powder and spray powder are to prevent athlete's foot.


How does it work?

  • Tolnaftate kills most fungus (yeast) infections on the skin.


How is it best taken?

  • Do not take by mouth. For skin only. Keep out of mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • You can clean affected area before use. Make sure to dry well before use.
  • Use a small amount over the area affected as a light film. Rub in gently.
  • Do not put coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) over the area unless told to do so by healthcare provider.
  • Use entire prescription as directed, even if feeling better.


What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Apply a missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to your regular schedule.
  • Do not apply a double dose or extra doses.


What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

  • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.


What are the common side effects of this medicine?

  • Burning or stinging.


What should I monitor?

  • Watch for change in symptoms. Is condition better, worse, or about the same?


Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • No improvement in condition after 4 weeks or feeling worse.
  • Increased irritation, redness, itching, or burning around the area.


How should I store this medicine?

  • Store at room temperature.


General statements

  • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs, vitamins).


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