Griseofulvin

Description

Griseofulvin is an effective antifungal medicine used to treat infections of the skin, scalp, nails, feet, groin and other parts of the body. It is mostly used to treat infections caused by tinea strains of fungi.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Griseofulvin

  • Skin rash and peeling
  • Mouth sores
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased thirst
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Unusual tiredness and weakness
  • Black or Tarry stools
  • Cloudy urine
  • Chest pain and discomfort
  • Trouble sleeping

Uses of Griseofulvin

What is it prescribed for?

  • Fungal infections (Tinea strains)
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 4-5 hours of oral administration.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 2 days.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Avoid or minimize the use of alcohol while taking this medicine. Any side effects experienced should be reported to the doctor on priority.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    Use of this medicine by pregnant women is not recommended unless absolutely necessary. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    Use of this medicine by women who are breastfeeding is not recommended. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative if needed.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known history of allergy to Griseofulvin or any other ingredient present with it.

Porphyria

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients having this this hereditary disease of the blood and skin.

Impaired Liver function

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients having an impairment of liver function or have severe liver damage.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

Use of this medicine by pregnant women is not recommended unless absolutely necessary. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

Use of this medicine by women who are breastfeeding is not recommended. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative if needed.
General warnings

Fatty food

The absorption of this medicine is reported to be higher when taken along or after a fatty meal. Your doctor may ask to take this medicine with a fatty meal to increase the absorption and further effect of this medicine.

Sever skin allergic reaction

Use of this medicine has been associated with severe to fatal skin allergic reactions like Steven Johnson's syndrome, erythema, toxic epidermal necrolysis etc. It is advised to stop the use of this medicine immediately if an allergic reaction is suspected.

Stomach disorder

Use of this medicine has been associated with liver problems, especially in the children. Stop the use of this medicine and contact your doctor if you have pain and tenderness in the upper stomach, dark urine, pale and cloudy stools, yellow eyes or skin.

Contraception failure

Use of this medicine may make the hormonal contraceptive less effective and may result in unintended pregnancies. Other means of birth control should be adopted during and one month after the use of this medicine.

Alcohol use

Use of alcohol while taking this medicine may cause flushing, change in heartbeat, excess sweating etc. Restrict or minimize the use of alcohol while using this medicine.

Drowsiness and dizziness

Use of this medicine may cause drowsiness and dizziness in some rare cases. It is advised to refrain from driving vehicles and operating heavy machinery at least in the initial part of treatment with this medicine.

Light sensitivity

Use of this medicine may make you sensitive to sunlight and may cause allergic reactions on sun exposure. It is advised to take appropriate precautions while stepping out during the daytime when you are taking this medicine.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. The missed dose can be skipped if the next scheduled dose is less than two hours away.

Overdose

Contact your doctor immediately if an overdose with this medicine is suspected.
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

Consumption of alcohol while taking this medicine may cause some serious side effects like an increase in heart rate, flushing, excessive sweating, redness of the face.

Instructions

Avoid or minimize the use of alcohol while taking this medicine. Any side effects experienced should be reported to the doctor on priority.
Interaction with Medicine

Ketoconazole

Warfarin

Ethinyl Estradiol

Atorvastatin

Sildenafil

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Griseofulvin as prescribed by the doctor. It is recommended to take this medicine for the entire prescribed duration even when the symptoms resolve. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller quantities than prescribed.
Miscelleneous

To be taken with food

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by interfering with certain vital processes in the cell of the microorganism and stops their growth. It binds to a human skin cell component called keratin and fights fungal infections.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Miscellaneous antifungals

Schedule

Schedule H

DailyMed - Griseofulvin tablet [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 4 May 2017]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=6149c044-58bb-402c-a4b5-18b96dd9b3b9

Griseofulvin - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 4 May 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00400

Griseofulvin | C17H17ClO6 - PubChem [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 4 May 2017]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/441140#section=Top

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Information on this page was last updated on 17 Nov 2017

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