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  • Generic Name: (terbinafine hydrochloride)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 10/2016
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Lamisil tablets contain a medicine used to treat fungal infections of the toenails and fingernails.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Lamisil tablets work by stopping the growth of fungus, thereby treating your infection.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Lamisil tablets have been shown to improve or cure toenail and fingernail infections.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions. It is important that you take Lamisil tablets exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may start to notice an improvement in your symptoms after beginning treatment with Lamisil tablets. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your infection is being treated.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: headache, diarrhea, rash, upset stomach, abnormal liver function tests, itching, change in taste, nausea, abdominal (stomach area) pain, gas.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Liver problems, with symptoms such as nausea, abdominal pain, poor appetite, tiredness, vomiting, yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes, dark-colored urine, or pale or light-colored stools.

      Depressive symptoms, such as feeling sad or worthless, change in sleep pattern, loss of energy or interest in daily activities, restlessness, or mood changes.

      Serious skin or allergic reactions, with symptoms such as rash; hives; fever; swelling of your face, eyes, lips, tongue, or throat; trouble swallowing or breathing; or sores in your mouth, or your skin blisters and peels.

      New or worsening lupus (a disease that affects the immune system), with symptoms such as a skin rash that gets worse or is scaly, red, and shows scarring or a loss of skin color; or unusual sensitivity to the sun that can cause a rash.

      Lamisil tablets may also cause smell disturbances (including loss of smell), or low white blood cell counts.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not take Lamisil tablets if you are allergic to them or any of their ingredients.

      Do not take Lamisil tablets if you had liver disease for a long time or have active liver disease.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lamisil tablets. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have or had liver problems, have a weakened immune system or lupus, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Toenail Infection

      Adults: The recommended dose is one 250-milligram (mg) tablet once a day for 12 weeks.

      Fingernail Infection

      Adults: The recommended dose is one 250-mg tablet once a day for 6 weeks.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Take Lamisil tablets exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Lamisil tablets without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Take Lamisil tablets with or without food.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not expose yourself to sunlamps or tanning beds, and try to limit your time in the sun, as Lamisil tablets can increase your sensitivity to light. If you need to be outdoors, use sunscreen and wear a hat and loose-fitting clothes that protect your skin from the sun.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If Lamisil tablets are taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Lamisil tablets may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Lamisil tablets during pregnancy are unknown. The ingredients in Lamisil tablets can be found in your breast milk if you take them while breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Lamisil tablets. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Lamisil tablets, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose (less than 4 hours), skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature. Protect from light.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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