Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Before applying tolnaftate, wash the affected area and dry thoroughly. Then apply enough medicine to cover the affected area.

Keep this medicine away from the eyes.

For patients using the powder form of this medicine:

  • If the powder is used on the feet, sprinkle it between toes, on feet, and in socks and shoes.

For patients using the aerosol powder form of this medicine:

  • Shake well before using.
  • From a distance of 6 to 10 inches, spray the powder on the affected areas. If it is used on the feet, spray it between toes, on feet, and in socks and shoes.
  • Do not inhale the powder.
  • Do not use near heat, near open flame, or while smoking.

For patients using the solution form of this medicine:

  • If tolnaftate solution becomes a solid, it may be dissolved by warming the closed container of medicine in warm water.

For patients using the aerosol solution form of this medicine:

  • Shake well before using.
  • From a distance of 6 inches, spray the solution on the affected areas. If it is used on the feet, spray between toes and on feet.
  • Do not inhale the vapors from the spray.
  • Do not use near heat, near open flame, or while smoking.

To help clear up your infection completely, keep using this medicine for 2 weeks after burning, itching, or other symptoms have disappeared , unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Do not miss any doses.

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 dosage forms (aerosol powder, aerosol solution, cream, gel, powder, or topical solution):
    • For fungus infections:
      • Adults and children 2 years of age and over—Apply to the affected area(s) of the skin two times a day.
      • Children up to 2 years of age—Use is not recommended except under the advice and supervision of 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.

Store the canister at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze. Do not keep this medicine inside a car where it could be exposed to extreme heat or cold. Do not poke holes in the canister or throw it into a fire, even if the canister is empty.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.