The spores of the fungi develop in the forms of yeast or molds. The infections caused by fungi usually occur in people with weakened immune system. Besides, the use of antibiotics can cause imbalance of the microflora and trigger fungal infection. The presence of fungi in the air makes the infections grow and develop more likely on the skin.
Stresses and improper health style can also cause fungi to develop. Such conditions as AIDs and other infections, which can impair the natural immune system, provoke persistent fungal infections.
A human body fights naturally with fungal infections. Still in some cases the immune system should be supported by medications use, proper hygiene, diet and other treatment and preventative methods.
As fungi reproduce by spreading microscopic spores, the treatment usually targets on the prevention of this reproduction. The infections caused by fungi usually develop on the skin or in the lungs and can progress affecting other body parts.
It is not typical for the fungal infections to be spread from one person to the other.
Still certain skin infections of superficial character are contagious.
There are certain risk factors existing for fungal infections occurrence, including use of antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, immune suppressing drugs, medicines used during transplantation, corticosteroids.
Among the other common risks are diseases like AIDs, burns, diabetes, leukemia and other health disorders.
It is usual for fungal infections to use the chances, offered by certain circumstances such as disease or use of medicines, and occur in local areas of the body or affect the whole body.
The fungal infections occurring when the immune system is not so strong are very typical. They are: aspergillosis, candidiasis, mucormycosis. All of these infections can be of mild to severe character, spreading quickly in the body.
The fungal infections which affect only one area of the body are called local. Candida infections are the good example. These fungi live in every person and can start developing very fast due to health consequences. Local infections caused by fungi can affect nails, skin, vagina, mouths.
Usually the treatment involves using by mouth or applying of the affected part of the body special antifungal medicines.
Such medicine as Lamisil is applied on the skin directly and can be used orally. Serious infections demand using Lamisil in tablets as well as in cream form if necessary. The use of Lamisil should be regulated by a doctor who can professionally assess the health state of a person and prescribe the right treatment.
Things to avoid while taking Lamisil
Antifungal antibiotic Lamisil should be taken with caution by some groups of patients including those with serious health disorders, disease of the internal organs and allergies to the main component in Lamisil.
During the treatment with Lamisil it is necessary to avoid any direct exposure to the sunlight. The medicine may cause sunburn of the skin because it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. The protective clothing is required for wearing and special skin protecting creams with SPF not less than 30 are also recommended for use in the sun.
Like any other medicine Lamisil can interact with other medicines and substances, foods and drinks. To prevent any negative consequences affecting health, a patient should not drink coffee, tea, cola and energy drinks containing caffeine or medicines containing caffeine while being treated with Lamisil.
It is necessary to keep this medicine out of the reach of children. Besides, other people should not use Lamisil for any purposes if they are not prescribed to use it.
Lamisil should only be applied for the indication prescribed.
Other medicines may interact with Lamisil. Thus it should not be taken with any of the following:
• Other antifungal medicines: fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), miconazole (Oravig), or voriconazole (Vfend);
• blood thinners: warfarin;
• heart rhythm drugs: amiodarone, propafenone or flecainide;
• antidepressants: fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine, amitriptyline, desipramine, imipramine;
• MAO inhibitors: isocarboxazid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine;
• beta-blockers: betaxolol, carvedilol, labetalol, metoprolol.
Some other substances can affect the medicine Lamisil. Be sure to learn more about the usage of this medicine, its drug interactions and side effects.
Lamisil for fungal infections
There is a variety of conditions caused by fungi that indwell in skin. Some of the fungi can start to grow and this may lead to fungal infection. This is possibly related to weakening of your protection – the immune system. Actually fungal infections happen when a person uses antibiotics and other types of medicines uncontrollably.
The infections which occur after the treatment with antibiotics are called superficial, existing or occurring on the surface of your skin, nails or scalp. The fungi live in proteins of skin or hair and can affect these superficies causing so called dermal infections such as tinea pedis, tinea cruris, ringworm of the skin and scalp, onychomycosis of the toenail or fingernail and others.
Athlete’s Foot is a very common infection of the foot caused by fungi. Men are more prone to it. Besides, this type of infection is very contagious especially people who attend public areas without footwear are at risk.
The symptoms include scaly, red and swollen parts between toes, pain, itching and forming of the blisters.
Antifungal medicine like Lamisil is indicated to treat this condition.
Tinea cruris fungus can affect the genitals of a person and is more possible to occur in wet climate when the fungi develop on the wet and warm areas of the skin. Lamisil cream form is a readily to use medicine for such unpleasant condition. Besides, a person should consider following hygiene regimen to avoid the further development of this illness.
Ringworm of the skin and scalp is contagious disease which affects the skin of the body and scalp. Lamisil cream is very effective remedy for the curing of this fungal condition.
Lamisil is also widely prescribed for the treatment of onychomycosis of the toenail or fingernail. The doctor’s advice is needed especially for those who are not sure about safe use of Lamisil due to other health conditions or taking other medicines.
Remember that Lamisil is indicated for the treatment of adult patients and children who are older than 4 years of age.
Before the treatment is started it is necessary to inform your GP about all the other disorders you may be having, especially if you have liver disease.
Never overdose this medicine. It may lead to serious health consequences.
I’m currently taking this medicine for toe nail fungus, fortunately my case is relatively minor compared to many others. I had hoped to get some positive results after a month of usage because I have only a small area on both big toes only. I read before it may take two months to see a noticeable effect in the most cases. Two months passed and NOTHING has been improved! The small spots are still here and haven’t budged. Not one tiny bit at all! I wait one more month and go on taking it but I seriously doubt it will help me to clear me up the nails. Luckily I’ve not noticed side effects that others are claiming in the reviews.
What should I learn about at my family physician before buying terbinafine (Lamisil)?
Please consult your doctor if you have any diseases as follows:
•suffering of depression;
•an autoimmune disorder (for example lupus or psoriasis).
Terbinafine is in pregnancy category B. This medicine is not thought to do harm to a developing baby. But you should tell the doctor about your pregnancy or you plan the pregnancy in the nearest period of time.
But Terbinafine pass into the mother’s milk and is harmful to a breastfed baby. You never should take this medicine if you feed baby at the breast at the moment but consult the doctor.
Lamisil taking tips
Lamisil tablets are used with water. Lamisil in a form of granules is strewed into soft food or drink (applesauce, fruit juice are not recommended). The mixture is used without saving.
The medication is usually used for 6 to 12 weeks. It is necessary to use Lamisil the entire duration of the treatment. The signs and symptoms of the condition being treated may disappear before the infection is fully eradicated.
It is common during the treatment with Lamisil to test the blood of a patient and his/her liver function.
The treatment may take several months before the condition is completely treated. The infected nails should grow again until it acquires its former appearance.
Antifungal antibiotic Lamisil
Lamisil (Terbinafine) is an antifungal antibiotic synthesized to fight different infections caused by fungus that affect the fingernails or toenails. The medication has been developed by Novartis to be used for different medical purposes. Having pronounced lipophilic properties Lamisil accrues in derma, nails, fatty tissues, duodenum.
Lamisil is manufactured in different dosage forms used for a variety of medical aims. The forms of the drug include: tablet, oral granules, cream and powder.
Lamisil in the form of oral granules is indicated to clear a fungal infection of scalp hair follicles in children not younger than 4 years old. This form of Lamisil is approved to treat ringworm of the scalp (Tinea capitis).
Lamisil was detected to be highly effective against dermatophytes that are known to cause infections of the skin, hair and nails.
Lamisil in a form of cream or powder is widely prescribed for superficial skin infections including Tinea cruris or jock itch, Tinea pedis or athelete’s foot, and other forms of shingles. Lamisil cream works very fast and produces most successful results in the treatment of derma diseases.
Lamisil in a form of 250 mg tablets for oral administration is indicated to treat onychomycosis of the toenail or fingernail caused by the dermatophyte Tinea unguium. Lamisil tablets are used to fight fungal infections which develop in the places under the nail to which cream or powder cannot penetrate.
The mode of action of Terbinafine is similar to other antifungal medications. It stops the ergosterol synthesis by inhibiting an enzyme called squalene epoxidase. The fungal cell membrane production is prevented.
Before using this drug, consult with pharmacist if you have kidney or liver disease, psoriasis or lupus (an autoimmune disorder) . Your problems may improve before the virus is completely cleared. Take this drug for the full prescribed length of time. Don’t skip dose of Lamisil, because this infection may be resistant to antibiotics. This drug will not treat flu or cold (a viral infection) . Some patients taking Lamisil have a serious problems with liver damage leading to death or liver transplant.
Consult with specialist at once if you have problems with liver damage, such as upper stomach pain,nausea, itching,dark urine, loss of appetite, jaundice clay-colored stools.
Lamisil with other drugs
Before taking this drug, tell your specialist if you are taking the next drugs:
• a blood thinner such as warfarin (Jantoven, Coumadin);• cimetidine (Tagamet HB,Tagamet );
• another antifungal drugs, such as Diflucan (fluconazole ), Sporanox (itraconazole), Nizoral( ketoconazole ), Oravig( miconazole ), or Vfend( voriconazole );
• cyclosporine ( Sandimmune, Neoral, Gengraf,);
• rifampin ( Rifadin,Rifater, Rifamate, Rimactane);
• a tricyclic antidepressant such as desipramine (Norpramin), amitriptyline (Limbitrol,Vanatrip, Elavil, ), imipramine (Tofranil, Janimine ), and others;
• fluvoxamine (Luvox), fluoxetine (Prozac), or paroxetine (Paxil) -an “SSRI” antidepressant
• a heart rhythm medication such as amiodarone (Pacerone, Cordarone ), flecainide (Tambocor) or propafenone (Rythmol);
• Selegiline (Emsam,Eldepryl), phenelzine (Nardil),isocarboxazid (Marplan), rasagiline (Azilect), or tranylcypromine (Parnate)-an MAO inhibitor
• carvedilol (Coreg), betaxolol (Kerlone),metoprolol (Toprol,Lopressor,Dutoprol ), pindolol (Visken), labetalol (Normodyne), propranolol (Inderal), or timolol (Blocadren) – a beta-blocker
Less serious side effects
Less serious side effects of this drug(Lamisil)may be the next:
• gas,upset stomach, stomach pain, mild nausea, diarrhea;
• dizzinessheadache, spinning sensation;
• itching or mild skin rash ; or
• unpleasant or unusual taste in your mouth.
This list is not a complete , because if you want to know more information about Lamisil go to doctor and consult with him.