Terbinafine is an antifungal medicine which contains the active ingredient of the same name. It is used to fight fungal nail infections.
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Fungal nail infections are a fairly common ailment, caused by an excess of particular types of fungal cells that usually live unnoticed on the skin. Once contracted, the infection can cause nails to look discoloured and thickened. Nails can then become weak, making them prone to breakages or flaking. Untreated toenails can become painful making it uncomfortable to walk, whereas untreated fingernails can make it difficult to write or type.
There are some medical conditions which make a person more vulnerable to attack from a fungal nail infection. They include diabetes, psoriasis, poor circulation and a weakened immune system. The skin infection known as athlete’s foot is easily transferred from the skin to the toenails. It can also be passed onto the fingernails if the infection is scratched. People who frequently wash their hands or work in water are usually more likely to contract a fingernail infection.
Antifungal treatment such as Terbinafine is used to fight nail infections. Terbinafine is the active ingredient in the medication of the same name. It works by limiting the production of ergosterol, a component used by fungi to multiply. Without it, holes form in the fungal cell structure, allowing the body’s healthy bacteria to infiltrate the unwanted cells and kill them off. This helps the body to reestablish it’s healthy bacterial balance.
This medication is not available to buy from our site. We recommend you see your GP in person to be prescribed this item.
For this medication to work at its best you should follow the instructions provided by your doctor. Doing so will help to maximise the drugs performance and minimise the likelihood of side effects.
- Follow your prescriber’s instructions.
- Swallow the tablet whole with water.
- It can be taken with or without food.
- Try to remember to take the tablet at the same time each day.
- Take the tablets as prescribed until you complete the course.
Make sure that you have read and understood the enclosed patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.
Not everyone will experience side effects when taking Terbinafine. However, you should make yourself familiar with the below symptoms in case of a reaction. More details on the potential side effects can be found in the patient information leaflet.
Very Common (1 in 10 people or more):
Loss of appetite, indigestion, nausea, diarrhoea, arthralgia, or myalgia.
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Taste change or loss of taste.
Rare (1 in 1,000 people or less):
Very rare (1 in 10,000 people or less):
Tiredness, dizziness, change in blood count, psoriasis, hair loss, lupus, hepatitis symptoms such as jaundice or itching, skin rash with blisters or fever.
The side effects listed here are only a guide. Please reference the patient information leaflet for further advice.
Taking it with other medications
It is important to provide full information to your prescriber on any medications you are currently taking or have recently taken.
Terbinafine may interact with the following: rifampicin, cimetidine, tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and monoamine oxidase inhibitors, amiodarone, beta blockers, oral contraceptives, tolbutamide, terfenadine, triazolam, warfarin, ciclosporin, fluconazole, ketoconazole, caffeine, or digoxin.
Conditions to look out for
It is important that you inform your prescriber if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, are breastfeeding, have an autoimmune disease, liver disease, kidney disease, psoriasis or systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE).
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Ask your doctor before taking Terbinafine if you are pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Driving and using machinery
If you notice any side effects which could affect your capacity to do so safely, do not drive or operate machines.
Prior to and during use of this medication, your doctor may need to carry out blood tests in order to assess your liver function.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes. Terbinafine is not known to interact with alcohol.
Will I still be able to drive?
Terbinafine tablets may affect your ability to drive or operate machines.
Can I take this medicine while pregnant?
No. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant you should not take Terbinafine unless your doctor thinks it is necessary to do so.
How should I store it?
Keep the medicine in its original packaging and out of the reach of children.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
If you are allergic to any of the following, you should not take this medication: terbinafine, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, silica colloidal anhydrous, hypromellose and magnesium stearate.
Is it available over-the-counter?
No. Terbinafine requires a prescription.
Is it right for me?
We do not currently offer this treatment online. If you think you may have a fungal nail infection, speak to your doctor in person.
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