Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Before applying this medicine, wash the affected area with soap and water, and dry thoroughly.

Do not use this medicine in the eyes.

To use:

  • Check with your doctor before using this medicine on any other skin problems. It should not be used on bacterial or virus infections or on diaper rash. Also, it should only be used on certain kinds of fungus infections of the skin.
  • Apply a thin layer of this medicine to the affected area(s) and surrounding skin. Rub in gently and thoroughly.

The use of any kind of occlusive dressing (airtight covering, such as kitchen plastic wrap) over this medicine may increase absorption of the medicine and the chance of irritation and other side effects. Therefore, do not bandage, wrap, or apply any occlusive dressing over this medicine unless directed by your doctor. Also, wear loose-fitting clothing when using this medicine on the groin area. When using this medicine on the diaper area of children, avoid tight-fitting diapers and plastic pants.

To help clear up your skin infection completely, keep using this medicine for the full time of treatment, even if your symptoms have disappeared. Do not miss any doses. However, do not use this medicine more often or for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase absorption through your skin and the chance of side effects. In addition, too much use, especially on thin skin areas (for example, face, armpits, genitals [sex organs], between the toes, groin), may result in thinning of the skin and in stretch marks.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For topical cream or lotion dosage form:
    • For jock itch (ringworm of the groin; tinea cruris) or ringworm of the body (tinea corporis):
      • Adults and teenagers 17 years of age and over—Apply to the affected skin and surrounding area(s) two times a day, morning and evening, for 2 weeks.
      • Children and teenagers up to 16 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor .
    • For athlete's foot (ringworm of the foot; tinea pedis):
      • Adults and teenagers 17 years of age and over—Apply to the affected skin and surrounding area(s) two times a day, morning and evening, for 4 weeks.
      • Children and teenagers up to 16 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor .

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.