Generic Lamisil (Terbinafine)
Lamisil

Lamisil is an anti-fungal antibiotic which used to treat tinea versicolor or other infections.

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What is Lamisil (terbinafine)?

Lamisil (terbinafine) is an antifungal antibiotic that is used to treat infections caused by fungus that affect the fingernails or toenails as well as a fungal infection of scalp hair follicles.

Important Information

Before beginning treatment with this medication, you should tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

  • liver or kidney disease, or an autoimmune disorder such as lupus or psoriasis.
  • You should not take Lamisil if you are allergic to its primary ingredient, terbinafine.
  • It is important that you take this medication for the entire prescription, as your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated.
  • Lamisil will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
  • There are some cases in which patients being treated with this medicine have developed severe liver damage resulting in liver transplant or death although it is unclear whether Lamisil actually caused the liver damage in these patients. In most cases, the patient had a serious medical condition before taking Lamisil.
  • You should call your doctor immediately or seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms of liver damage while under treatment with this medication:
  • Nausea,
  • upper stomach pain,
  • itching,
  • loss of appetite,
  • dark urine,
  • clay-colored stools,
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

What should I know before taking Lamisil?

  • It may take several months for your nails to return to their normal appearance after your treatment with Lamisil.
    • Your doctor may want to check your blood and liver regularly while you are under treatment with Lamisil to ensure that this medication is not causing harmful effects. You should try not to miss any scheduled appointments.
    • Store Lamisil tablets at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Ingredients

The primary ingredient in Lamisil is terbinafine.

How it Works

After being taken and entering the blood stream Lamisil slowly moves into the skin and nails where it acts on certain types of fungi to either kill or slow down the growth of the fungus that is causing the infection.

Interactions

Prior to treatment with Lamisil, you should tell your doctor if you are currently undergoing treatment with any of the following medications:

  • an “SSRI” antidepressant such as fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), or paroxetine (Paxil);
  • cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB);
  • cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune);
  • rifampin (Rifater, Rifadin, Rimactane, Rifamate);
  • a heart rhythm medication such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), propafenone (Rythmol) or flecainide (Tambocor);
  • anotherantifungal medicine, such as fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), miconazole (Oravig), or voriconazole (Vfend);
  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
  • a tricyclic antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), desipramine (Norpramin), imipramine (Janimine, Tofranil), and others;
  • an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate); or
  • a beta-blocker such as betaxolol (Kerlone), carvedilol (Coreg), labetalol (Normodyne), metoprolol (Dutoprol, Lopressor, Toprol), pindolol (Visken), propranolol (Inderal), or timolol (Blocadren).

This list is not comprehensive. You should alert your doctor of any other medications that you are taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal products. It is also recommended that you not start taking any new medications without first discussing with your doctor.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have any of the following side effects:

  • weight loss due to taste changes;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;
  • joint pain or swelling, swollen glands, patchy skin color, or a butterfly-shaped skin rash over your cheeks and nose;
  • changes in mood or behavior;
  • raised, silvery flaking of the skin; or
  • severe skin reaction — fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, mild nausea or stomach pain;
  • headache;
  • mild skin rash or itching; or
  • unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Lamisil treat my cold or flu?

No. Lamisil is not intended to treat viral infections such as colds and flus. It is intended to treat bacterial, fungal infections in the body.

What’s in Lamisil?

The primary ingredient in Lamisil is terbinafine.

How does Lamisil work?

After being taken and entering the blood stream Lamisil slowly moves into the skin and nails where it acts on certain types of fungi to either kill or slow down the growth of the fungus that is causing the infection.

Can Lamisil cause an allergic reactions? If so, what are the signs?

You should seek immediate, emergency medical help if you experience any of the following allergic reactions including hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.

What happens if I miss a dose of Lamisil?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up any missed doses.

Are there any drugs I can’t take in combination with Lamisil?

Prior to treatment with Lamisil, you should tell your doctor if you are currently undergoing treatment with any of the following medications: an “SSRI” antidepressant such as fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), or paroxetine (Paxil);

  • cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB);
  • cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune);
  • rifampin (Rifater, Rifadin, Rimactane, Rifamate);
  • a heart rhythm medication such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), propafenone (Rythmol) or flecainide (Tambocor);
  • another antifungal medicine, such as fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), miconazole (Oravig), or voriconazole (Vfend);
  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
  • a tricyclic antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), desipramine (Norpramin), imipramine (Janimine, Tofranil), and others;
  • an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate); or
  • a beta-blocker such as betaxolol (Kerlone), carvedilol (Coreg), labetalol (Normodyne), metoprolol (Dutoprol, Lopressor, Toprol), pindolol (Visken), propranolol (Inderal), or timolol (Blocadren).

This list is not comprehensive. You should alert your doctor of any other medications that you are taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal products. It is also recommended that you not start taking any new medications without first discussing with your doctor.