Generic Name: naftifine topical (NAF ti feen)Brand Names: Naftin
Naftifine topical is an antifungal medication. Naftifine topical prevents fungus from growing on your skin.
Naftifine topical is used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm infections.
Naftifine topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Do not use bandages or dressings that do not allow air to circulate to the affected area (occlusive dressings) unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Wear loose-fitting clothing (preferably cotton).Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Do not use naftifine topical if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past.It is not known whether naftifine topical will harm an unborn baby. Do not use naftifine topical without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is not known whether naftifine passes into breast milk. Do not use naftifine topical without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Wash your hands before and after using this medication.Clean and dry the affected area. Apply the cream once daily, or the gel twice daily, as directed for the specified length of time. Use this medication for the full amount of time prescribed by your doctor or recommended in the package even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely healed.
If the infection does not clear up in 4 weeks, or if it appears to get worse, see your doctor.
Do not use bandages or dressings that do not allow air circulation over the affected area (occlusive dressings) unless otherwise directed by your doctor. A light cotton-gauze dressing may be used to protect clothing.Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Store naftifine topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the dose you missed and apply only the regular amount of naftifine topical. Do not use a double dose unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
An overdose of naftifine topical is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect that a much larger than normal dose has been used, or that naftifine topical has been ingested, contact an emergency room or a poison control center.
Avoid wearing tight-fitting, synthetic clothing that doesn't allow air circulation. Wear loose-fitting clothing made of cotton and other natural fibers until the infection is healed.
Serious side effects of naftifine topical use are not expected. Stop using naftifine topical and see your doctor if you experience unusual or severe blistering, itching, redness, peeling, dryness, or irritation of the skin.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Avoid using other topicals at the same time unless your doctor approves. Other skin medications may affect the absorption or effectiveness of naftifine topical.