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    Information about Terbinafine

    Terbinafine uses

    Terbinafine is used in the treatment of fungal infections.

    How terbinafine works

    Terbinafine is an antifungal medication. It kills fungi by destroying the fungal cell membrane. This treats your infection.

    Common side effects of terbinafine

    Headache, Diarrhea, Rash, Indigestion, Itching, Nausea, Taste change, Abdominal pain, Flatulence, Liver enzyme abnormal
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    Written By
    Dr. Love Sharma
    PhD (Pharmacology), PGDPRA
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Shilpa Garcha
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    21 Nov 2019 | 02:55 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Terbinafine

    • Terbinafine helps treat fungal infections of the skin and nails.
    • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better.
    • Treatment may be needed for 2 to 6 weeks for skin infections and 6 weeks to 6 months for nail infections.
    • It can make your skin more sensitive to sun. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors.
    • Your doctor may monitor your liver function regularly during treatment. Inform your doctor if you notice yellowing of eyes or skin, dark urine, or stomach pain.
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.

    Frequently asked questions for Terbinafine


    Q. Can Terbinafine be safe for use in patients with liver cirrhosis?

    Oral intake of Terbinafine is not recommended in patients with chronic or active liver disease. The clearance of Terbinafine is reduced by approximately 50% in patients with liver disease as compared to normal people. Your doctor may prescribe liver function test prior to prescribing Terbinafine to check whether the liver is functioning effectively or not. The reason is that this medicine gets metabolized by liver enzymes and any inefficiency in liver function can lead to increased blood levels of the medication and increased side effects and toxicity. Therefore, it is important to inform your doctor if you have any liver disease or cirrhosis. Also inform your doctor about the medicines you may be taking as taking Terbinafine with another medicine can lead to liver toxicity and Terbinafine by acting on the liver enzymes can change the levels of other drugs. Your doctor may suggest periodic monitoring (after 4-6 weeks of treatment) of liver function test and make dose adjustments accordingly.

    Content on this page was last updated on 21 November, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)