Naftifine Cream

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Naftifine Cream

Generic Name: Naftifine Cream (NAFF-tih-feen)
Brand Name: Examples include Naftin and Naftin-MP

Naftifine Cream is used for:

Treating athlete"s foot, jock itch, or ringworm. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Naftifine Cream is an antifungal cream. How it works is not totally understood. It is thought that it works by inhibiting production of a certain enzyme necessary for the life of the fungus.

Do NOT use Naftifine Cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Naftifine Cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Naftifine Cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Naftifine Cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Naftifine Cream. Because little, if any, of Naftifine Cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Naftifine Cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Naftifine Cream:

Use Naftifine Cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wash and completely dry the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • Wash your hands after applying the medicine.
  • Do not cover the area being treated with a bandage or dressing unless directed by your doctor.
  • Naftifine Cream is for external use only. Avoid getting in the eyes, nose, mouth, or other mucous tissues.
  • To clear up your infection completely, continue using Naftifine Cream for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days.
  • If you miss a dose of Naftifine Cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Naftifine Cream.

Important safety information:

  • If your symptoms do not improve within 4 weeks or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • If irritation or sensitivity occurs, contact your health care provider.
  • It is important to use Naftifine Cream for the full course of treatment. Failure to do so may decrease the effectiveness of Naftifine Cream and may increase the risk that the fungus will no longer be sensitive to Naftifine Cream and will not be able to be treated by this or certain other antifungals in the future.
  • Naftifine Cream may be harmful is swallowed. If you or someone you know may have taken Naftifine Cream by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Naftifine Cream is not recommended for use in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Naftifine Cream during pregnancy. It is unknown if Naftifine Cream is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Naftifine Cream, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Naftifine Cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Burning; dryness; stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); irritation; itching; redness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Naftifine Cream:

Store Naftifine Cream at room temperature, below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Naftifine Cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Naftifine Cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Naftifine Cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Naftifine Cream. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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