Tinactin cream is an over-the-counter antifungal medication used to treat skin infections such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm. The active ingredient in Tinactin cream is tolnaftate, which works by preventing the growth of fungi on the skin.
Tolnaftate can be applied directly to the affected area, usually for two to four weeks, until the infection has cleared up. If symptoms persist or worsen after using Tinactin cream, it is recommended to consult a healthcare professional.
Uses and Dosage
You can apply Tinactin cream to the affected skin, typically twice daily or as instructed on the product package or by a healthcare provider. Using Tinactin (tolnaftate) more than twice a day raises your risk of experiencing skin irritation. However, you can safely use Tinactin (tolnaftate) up to twice a day long term to prevent athlete’s foot infections if you find you are prone to the condition.
To use Tinactin 1% Topical Cream:
- Wash and dry the affected area before applying a thin layer of the cream.
- Rub the cream in gently and leave it to be absorbed into the skin.
- Repeat the application once or twice a day as directed by the label.
Follow the instructions on the label and consult with a healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about using Tinactin 1% Topical Cream. Tinactin 1% Topical Cream is intended for use on the skin only and should not be used on the face, open wounds, or broken skin.
Common Side Effects of Tinactin Cream (Tolnaftate – non-Rx):
- Mild irritation
Serious Side Effects of Tinactin Cream (Tolnaftate – non-Rx):
- Irritation of the skin
- Unusual or severe blistering
Form and Strength
Tinactin Cream (Tolnaftate – non-Rx) is available in the following forms and strengths:
Tinactin Cream: Cream
- Do not use it if you are allergic to tolnaftate or any other ingredients in the cream.
- There is not enough information available regarding the use of tolnaftate during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Consult your healthcare provider before using Tinactin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Tinactin Cream is for external use only and should not be used on children under 2 years of age without consulting a healthcare provider.
- Avoid contact with your eyes and do not use Tinactin Cream on or around the eyes.
- Tinactin Cream may interact with other medications, therefore, consult a healthcare provider before using Tinactin Cream if you are taking other medications.
- If skin irritation or an allergic reaction occurs, discontinue use, and consult a healthcare provider.
- Do not use Tinactin Cream on open wounds or broken skin.
- Do not use more Tinactin Cream than recommended. Overuse can cause skin irritation or make the infection worse.
- Overuse or inappropriate use of antifungal drugs like Tinactin Cream may lead to the growth and proliferation of resistant strains of fungi.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take Tinactin (tolnaftate) to start working?
Some people begin to feel relief from the burning and itching within a few days of using tolnaftate. If you see no change at all after using Tinactin for 2 or 4 weeks (depending on what you are using it to treat), contact your healthcare provider.
Can I use Tinactin Cream on my face?
No, Tinactin Cream is not recommended for use on the face.
Is it safe to use Tinactin Cream on open wounds or broken skin?
No, do not use Tinactin Cream on open wounds or broken skin. It should only be used on intact, healthy skin.
Can Tinactin Cream be used on children?
Tinactin Cream can be used on children 2 years of age and older. However, always consult with a healthcare provider before using any medication on a child.