Naftifine is a drug used to treat diseases caused by fungal infections of the skin, such as tinea pedis, tinea corporis , or tinea cruris . This medicine should only be used with a doctor's prescription.

Naftifine is an antifungal drug that works by damaging the cell walls of the fungus. That way, the growth and reproduction of the fungus that causes the infection will stop and the fungus will die.

Naftifine trademarks: Exoderil, Naftin

What is Naftifine

class Prescription drug
Category  Allylamine class antifungal
Benefit Treating fungal skin infections
Consumed by Adults and children 12 years and over
Naftifine for pregnant and lactating women Category B:  Animal studies have not demonstrated a risk to the fetus, but there are no controlled studies in pregnant women.

It is not known whether Naftifine is absorbed into breast milk or not. If you are breastfeeding, do not use this medicine without consulting your doctor first.

Drug form Creams and gels

Warning Before Using Naftifine

Naftifine should only be used with a doctor's prescription. The following are things you need to pay attention to before using naftifine:

  • Do not use naftifine if you are allergic to this drug. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to other antifungal medicines, such as terbinafine .
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including supplements or herbal products.
  • Immediately consult a doctor if you experience a drug allergic reaction after using naftifine.

Dosage and Rules for Using Naftifine

The following is a common dose of naftifine to treat ringworm ( tinea corporis ), yeast infection in the groin ( tinea cruris ), or athlete's foot ( tinea pedis ):

  • Naftifine hydrochloride (Hcl) 1% cream: Apply once daily to the infected area, for 2–6 weeks.
  • Naftifine gel 1%: Apply 2 times daily in the morning and evening on the infected area, for 2–6 weeks.

How to Use Naftifine Properly

Be sure to read the instructions on the drug packaging and follow the doctor 's recommendations before using naftifine. Do not add or reduce your dose without consulting your doctor first.

Naftifine creams and gels should only be used on the skin. Clean the infected area then dry it, then apply a thin layer of naftifine to the infected area. Don't forget to always wash your hands before and after using this medicine.

Do not use this medication in your eyes, nose, mouth or vagina. If these areas are accidentally exposed to the drug, immediately clean and rinse under running water. Use naftifine regularly to get maximum results.

Store naftifine at room temperature. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight and keep out of reach of children.

Naftifine Interactions with Other Drugs

It is not yet known what interaction effects can occur if naftifine is used with other drugs. In order to prevent the effects of drug interactions, be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking certain drugs.

Side Effects and Dangers of Naftifine

Some of the side effects that can occur after using naftifine are:

  • Itchy rash
  • Burning feeling on the skin
  • Dry skin
  • Skin irritation

Check with your doctor if the complaint persists. Immediately consult a doctor if a drug allergic reaction appears after using naftifine which can be characterized by the appearance of an itchy skin rash, swelling of the lips or eyelids, and difficulty breathing.

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