Econazole

Description

Econazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent used in the treatment of fungal infections. The topical form of this medicine is not recommended for use in patients below 12 years of age and the vaginal pessaries are not recommended for use in patients below 16 years of age.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Econazole

  • Itching
  • Burning sensation at the application site
  • Rash
  • Flushing or redness of skin

Uses of Econazole

What is it prescribed for?

  • Fungal infections (Tinea infections)
  • Cutaneous Candidiasis
  • Mycotic Vulvovaginitis
  • Mycotic balanitis
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. If the medicine is used, care should be taken that the infant does not swallow the medicine and the infant should be monitored closely for any adverse effects.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to econazole, any other imidazole preparation, or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. If the medicine is used, care should be taken that the infant does not swallow the medicine and the infant should be monitored closely for any adverse effects.
General warnings

Eczematous dermatitis

The topical form of this medicine should be used with caution in patients with eczematous dermatitis due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition.

For External use only

The topical form of this medicine is not recommended for use in the eyes or mouth. If the medicine is accidentally applied to the eyes or mouth, it should be washed with clean water or saline and the patient should seek medical attention based on the severity of the symptoms.

Use in pediatrics

The topical form of this medicine is not recommended for use in patients below 12 years of age and the vaginal pessaries are not recommended for use in patients below 16 years of age.

Missed Dose

Cream: Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not apply a double dose to make up for the missed one. Vaginal pessaries: The missed dose should be administered as soon as possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it is already time for your next scheduled dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Dicumarol

Warfarin

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Cream: Apply a thin layer of the cream to the affected area as instructed by the doctor. Follow all the usage instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. Do not apply in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. Do not cover the application area with bandages or other coverings unless specifically instructed by the doctor. Contact your doctor if symptoms do not improve or resolve after two weeks of use. Vaginal pessaries: Use this medicine as instructed by the doctor. Follow all the instructions given in the patient leaflet. Do not use in smaller or larger quantities than prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine acts by stopping the production of a certain vital component for the fungi. This results in disruption of cell membrane formation process and inhibits the growth of the organism.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Azole antifungals

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB01127

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https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a684049.html

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https://www2.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/7594

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http://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database

[Internet]. Accessdata.fda.gov. 2018 [cited 26 March 2018]. Available from:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2013/205175s000lbl.pdf

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Information on this page was last updated on 6 Apr 2018

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