Griseofulvin (By mouth)
Treats various types of fungus infections such as ringworm, "jock itch," and athlete's foot. Belongs to a class of drugs called antifungals.
Grifulvin V, Gris-PEG, Fulvicin P/GThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to griseofulvin or penicillin.
How to Use This Medicine:
Tablet, Capsule, Liquid
- Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take and how often.
- Keep taking this medicine even if your symptoms are gone. If you stop taking griseofulvin too soon, your infection may return.
- You may take your medicine with food or milk to avoid stomach irritation.
- Shake the oral liquid well just before each use. Measure your dose with a measuring spoon.
If a dose is missed:
- Take your medicine as soon as you remember that you have missed your dose.
- If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
- You should not use two doses at one time.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
- Keep your medicine in the original tightly closed container, away from moisture and direct light. Do not freeze.
- Keep all medicine away from children.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Check with your doctor if you are taking blood thinners (such as Coumadin®) or birth control pills. Birth control pills with estrogen may not work as well while taking griseofulvin. Use a back-up method of birth control while taking this medicine.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine. Let your doctor know if you become pregnant while taking griseofulvin.
- Keep yourself clean to help control infection and prevent reinfection.
- Avoid sunlight and sun lamps. Wear protective clothing or sunscreen when you are outdoors.
- This medicine may cause drowsiness. Be careful when driving a car or using machinery.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Skin rash or itching
- Tingling in hands and feet
- Yellow skin and eyes
- White spots on the tongue or inside the cheeks
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Stomach upset or diarrhea
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Last Updated: 1/4/2011
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