Naftin cream is a topical antifungal medication used to treat various fungal skin infections. The active ingredient in Naftin cream is naftifine hydrochloride. Naftifine hydrochloride belongs to a class of antifungal drugs called allylamines. Naftin cream works by stopping the growth and reproduction of the fungus or yeast that is causing the infection.
Naftin cream can be indicated to treat skin infections caused by yeasts, such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm. It acts by inhibiting squalene epoxidase, an enzyme that is necessary for the synthesis of ergosterol, an essential component of fungal cell membranes. By inhibiting the synthesis of ergosterol, Naftin cream disrupts the integrity of the fungal cell membrane and inhibits fungal growth.
Uses and Dosage
To use Naftin cream, follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider or the instructions on the product label. Generally, the cream is applied to the affected area and the surrounding area once a day for two weeks. Here are the basic steps for using Naftin cream:
- Wash and dry the affected area of the skin.
- Apply a thin layer of Naftin cream to and around the affected area, making sure to cover it completely.
- Gently rub the cream onto the skin.
- Wash your hands after applying the cream unless you are treating a hand infection.
- Use the cream every day for the full course of treatment, even if the symptoms improve before the two-week treatment period is over.
The dosage and duration of treatment may vary depending on the severity of the infection and other factors. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and contact them if you have any questions or concerns.
Common Side Effects of Naftin Cream (Naftifine hcl):
- Application site reactions (burning, stinging, irritation, redness, dry skin, itching, inflammation, softening and breakdown of skin, blisters, serous drainage, or crusting)
- Dry skin
- Redness or irritation on the site
- Temporary stinging or burning
Serious Side Effects of Naftin Cream (Naftifine hcl):
- Dizziness and headache
- Persistent inflammation
- Serous drainage from the site
- Skin blisters
Form and Strength
Naftin Cream (Naftifine hcl) is available in the following forms and strengths:
Naftifine hcl: Cream
As with any medication, there are certain precautions that should be taken when using Naftin cream. These can include:
- Only use Naftin cream on the skin, and do not get it in your eyes or mouth.
- Wash your hands before and after applying the cream to prevent spreading the infection.
- If you experience an allergic reaction to Naftin cream, such as swelling or rash, stop using it and seek medical attention immediately.
- Inform your doctor if you have any medical conditions, or if you are taking any other medications, as they may interact with Naftin cream.
- Use Naftin cream for the full course of treatment, even if your symptoms improve before the infection is fully cleared.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take (Naftin Cream) to work?
You should expect to see improvement within 2-4 weeks after using Naftin, depending on which strength of Naftin your provider prescribed.
Can Naftin cream be used on children?
Naftin cream can be used in children but follow the dosage and duration of treatment instructions provided by a healthcare provider.
Is Naftin cream available over the counter?
No, Naftin cream is a prescription medication and is not available over the counter.
Can Naftin cream be used for fungal nail infections?
Naftin cream is not approved for the treatment of fungal nail infections. There are other topical and oral antifungal medications that may be more effective for these types of infections.