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Terbinafine is an antifungal treatment for a number of fungal infections, including:
The treatment causes holes to develop in the membranes of the fungal cells, directly destroying the cells and clearing the infection.
You can buy Terbinafine 250mg oral tablets or Terbinafine 1% topical cream, which is administered directly to the affected area, from Prescription Doctor's registered UK pharmacy.
Our online pharmacy offers Terbinafine as a generic treatment or as the brand name Lamisil.
We understand it's not always convenient to nip down to a pharmacy to get a prescription for Terbinafine. With our private prescription service, you can order Terbinafine online from a UK pharmacy. Simply fill out our short medical consultation for our doctor to review. If suitable, our doctor can issue an online prescription for our pharmacy to fulfil.
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Fungi are microorganisms which often reside in damp, dark environments such as soil and plants, though there are some fungi which naturally live on the skin.
Fungi, much like bacteria, multiply asexually in a cycle in order to thrive. The fungi which live on the skin are kept in check by the immune system, which regulates the growth of fungi and prevents them from multiplying too quickly or in large numbers. In those with compromised or weak immune systems, the fungi can multiply faster than the immune system can handle.
This abundant growth of fungi leads to an infection. Different types of fungi lead to different kinds of infection. Depending on the type of fungi and whereabouts on the body the infection occurs will determine the affliction - be it oral thrush, athlete's foot or jock itch.
Similarly to bacteria, fungi can become resistant to antifungal treatments if they are overused, though this issue is not as widespread as antibacterial resistance. If you experience a repeat recurrence of fungal skin infections, such as athlete's foot, it might be worth speaking to your doctor about preventative measures to keep you from becoming infected rather than using antifungal treatments for long periods.
Fungal skin infections are relatively common and affect between 5% and 25% of the population, with athlete's foot being the most prevalent fungal infection. While they are relatively easy to treat, there are no vaccines against fungal infections, which means that it is possible to be re-infected. If you regularly experience fungal infections, speak to your doctor - they will be able to offer the most suitable guide for you.
Terbinafine cream is typically used for mild skin infections, while tablets are generally reserved for more complex infections or when the infection has spread to different parts of the body.
For example, if two or more nails are infected with a tinea infection, a 4 to 8-week course of Terbinafine tablets may be prescribed to clear the infection instead of a cream.
Terbinafine is the name of the active ingredient in both the antifungal cream and tablets.
The active ingredient targets the cell membrane of the fungi.
The cell membrane is important for the survival of the fungus. They stop the cells' contents from leaking out and keep unwanted substances from invading the cells.
Terbinafine inhibits squalene epoxidase enzymes which are responsible for producing ergosterol. It is believed that the increased amount of squalene increases the permeability of the cell wall, breaking the cell membrane down.
By breaking apart the cell membrane, the contents of the cell spill out, thus killing the fungi and clearing the infection.
Terbinafine cream needs to be used for a number of weeks in order to rid of fungal infections. Your infection may not clear fully until a number of weeks after finishing treatment with Terbinafine. How long you will need to use the cream, and the rate of recovery, will be dependent on the particular infection you have.
Terbinafine 250mg tablets should be taken for a number of weeks. The tablets are more effective at treating fungal infections which have spread to other parts of the body. Similarly, how long you will need to take the tablets will depend on the spread of the infection.
Terbinafine is available as an oral tablet or a topical cream.
Terbinafine is applied topically to the area of infected skin.
Instructions on how to use Terbinafine Cream can be found inside the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.
Always use Terbinafine Cream as described in the patient information leaflet or as prescribed by a doctor.
When using Terbinafine cream, take care not to get any of the cream in your mouth, eyes or nose. If you do, rinse the area thoroughly with soap and water.
Take one 250mg Terbinafine tablet once daily.
You should swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. Terbinafine tablets can be taken with or without food.
Aim to take the tablet at the same time every day. If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, set a reminder on your phone or home smart device if you have one.
Your doctor will let you know how much Terbinafine cream you should use and how long you should use it. This will normally be one or two weeks for jock itch or ringworm, one week for athlete's foot and two weeks for candidiasis or pityriasis.
Likewise, your doctor will tell you how long you will need to take Terbinafine tablets. For general skin infections, Terbinafine tablets are usually taken for four weeks. Infections of the groin, such as jock itch, may require 2 to 4 weeks of treatment. Nail infections may require considerably longer courses of treatment - between 6 weeks and six months.
It's essential to complete the whole course of treatment even if your symptoms clear up. If you stop prematurely, you risk having your infection come back. Infections typically start improving in a few days after starting to use Terbinafine cream; however, they could reappear if you don't apply the cream regularly or if you stop using it too early. Results may not be seen until after a few weeks of taking Terbinafine tablets.
Terbinafine cream and tablets are generally well tolerated.
However, you should check with your doctor before taking Terbinafine if you are pregnant or think you're pregnant or if you're breastfeeding.
Do not use Terbinafine cream if you are allergic to any of the active or inactive ingredients of the medicine.
If you are unsure if it is safe for you to use Terbinafine, speak to your doctor before buying Terbinafine online.
Like all medications, Terbinafine cream could cause side effects, but not all people experience them. If you experience any of these extremely rare allergic reactions, stop using the medicine and get medical help right away:
Common Terbinafine cream side effects:
Uncommon side effects of Terbinafine cream:
These side effects, both common and uncommon, are typically harmless, and you can continue using the cream.
However, if you have any concerns about the side effects, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist.
This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of this medicine, including a full list of possible side effects, can be found in the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.
Do not use Terbinafine 1% Cream if you are allergic to Terbinafine or any of the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.
If you experience the signs of an allergic reaction, stop using Terbinafine 1% Cream and seek emergency medical attention by going straight to your nearest accident and emergency department of your nearest hospital. Take any remaining medicine with you so that doctors know exactly what and how much you have taken.
Signs of an allergic reaction include:
Terbinafine tablets can cause side effects, though not everybody gets them. If you experience the signs of an allergic reaction after taking Terbinafine tablets, cease treatment and seek emergency medical attention.
Very common: (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
Common: (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
Uncommon: (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of Terbinafine tablets, including a complete list of side effects, can be found within the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medication.
If you experience any side effects, let your doctor know or contact your nearest pharmacy for advice. Alternatively, you can dial 111 for professional advice on what to do if you experience side effects.
Let your doctor know if you're taking any other medications or have recently, including over-the-counter medicines.
When you buy Terbinafine online from Prescription Doctor, please let our doctor know of all the medicines you take, including health and herbal supplements, regardless of whether they were prescribed by your doctor or bought over-the-counter at a pharmacy.
If your doctor tells you it's okay to take Terbinafine cream along with your other medications, if you have to use another topical medication on the same skin area, it's best to wait for a few minutes before you apply the second medication. This will give each medication time to absorb and will avoid them diluting your skin or mixing.
If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist for advice before using Terbinafine.
Always keep Terbinafine out of sight and reach of children and pets.
Never share your Terbinafine with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms as you.
Never take Terbinafine past the expiry date printed on the packaging.
Do not discard of Terbinafine or any medicines via household or water waste. Take any unwanted or expired medicine to your local pharmacy and ask them to discard them safely on your behalf.
If you forget to take your Terbinafine tablets when you should or apply the cream at your usual time, take it as soon as you remember.
Do not use more Terbinafine to make up for the dose you missed. Using more Terbinafine than you should increase your risk of side effects.
If you think you've taken too much Terbinafine, go to the emergency room right away or contact a poison control centre.
If you or someone else has accidentally swallowed Terbinafine Cream, go straight to your nearest emergency department. Remember to take the packaging and any remaining medicine with you so that doctors know exactly what was taken. Symptoms of accidentally ingesting Terbinafine Cream include headaches, nausea, dizziness and stomach ache.
You should avoid the consumption of alcohol while you're taking Terbinafine. Consuming alcohol daily can raise your risk of severe side effects. Discuss this potential interaction with your doctor.
You should be able to drink alcohol one week after taking your last dose of Terbinafine. You should speak to your doctor for further advice.
While Terbinafine cream is unlikely to impact your ability to drive or operate machinery, some people have reported dizziness while taking Terbinafine tablets.
If you experience dizziness after taking Terbinafine tablets, avoid driving or operating machinery until you feel it is safe for you to do so.
Some forms of Terbinafine are available over-the-counter from pharmacies, while other Terbinafine products are only available on Prescription. If you require a prescription for Terbinafine, our online private prescription service makes it easy for you to do so. Our online doctor can issue a prescription for Terbinafine after completing an online consultation.
The time it takes for Terbinafine to work depends on various factors, including the severity of the fungal infection and the form of Terbinafine prescribed.
Terbinafine tablets for nail infections are usually taken for six weeks, but improvements may not be noticeable until a few months after.
For fungal skin infections, Terbinafine is usually taken for a considerably shorter time of between 2 and 6 weeks.
It is important to follow your doctor's advice on how long you should take the treatment. Stopping treatment too soon may cause the condition to return. If you are unsure how long you should take Terbinafine, seek advice from your doctor.
NHS, 2020. Terbinafine.
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