This is a common brand name for the medication Griseofulvin (GRISS-ee-oh-FULL-vin). It is used to treat fungal and yeast infections of the skin, hair, fingernails and toenails. Particularly ringworm, athlete's foot, jock itch, sweat rash, intertrigo (skin crease infection), and many other fungal infections. more...
Other Common Brand Names for Griseofulvin
Fulvicin, Gifulvin V, Gris-Peg, Grisactin
Taken as an oral tablet. Best taken with a meal that has a high fat content. It may take from several days to several months for treatment to be completed, depending on type and location of infection. Medication is taken in full prescribed amount until finished even if symptoms have disappeared for a few days. Stopping or missing medicaition may allow infection to re-occur.
Headache, diarrhea, gas, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, increased sunlight sensitivity, (sunburn-like effect) may occur. If side effects worsen, doctor should be contacted promptly. Immediately contact doctor if the following occurs: yellowing of the eyes or skin, signs of infection (e.g., fever, chills, persistent sore throat), soreness of the mouth or tongue, mental/mood changes, tingling or numbess of the hands/feet. In the unlikely event of an allergic reaction, seek immedate medical attention. Symptoms of an allegic reaction: trouble breathing, skin rash, itching, hives, swelling, severe dizziness. If any other effects are noticed contact doctor immediately.
Medication should be avoided if patient has a blood disorder or a severe liver disease(hepatic failure). Alcoholic beverages should be avoided while drug is taken, unless doctor approves permission. Drinking alcohol can result in rapid heart rate and flushing of the skin. Griseofulvin may increase sunlight sensitivity, and sunlight should be avoided, or sunscreen and protective clothing worn.
This drug interferes with birth control pills. This drug is not to be used during conception of children. It should not be used while pregnant and it has harmful effects on the human sperm and can cause birth defects. Males should wait at least six months after medication before fathering of children. This drug may also pass into breast milk.
Doctor should evaluate each and every prescription and over the counter drug before treatment. Especially the blood thinners heparin and wafarin.
If overdose is suspected contact the US national poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or your nations poison control.
Dry it, treat it, and prevent it.
Avoid goopy wet creams at all costs, wetness and warmth are the breeding grounds for the infections. Use dry powders and keep well ventillated.
Zeabsorb AF antifungal lotion/powder is unique in helping intertrigo and other fungal infections. Wrapping the powder in a handkerchief and patting the affected areas helps. Corn Starch can be substituted for a powder. Raw spots should be treated with an antibacterial ointment such as Neosporin or Polysporin. Astringent drying agents like Domeboro astringent solution may be applied 20 minutes daily to help. Bras should be worn only when necessary. Clean and dry clothing and bedding are important in fighting fungus and yeast, avoid the laundromat or other public places such as a gym were this infection spreads. Oral anti-yeast medication such as Diflucan. Baby diaper rash drying creams and powders can be useful.
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