Where is Griseofulvin used?
Griseofulvin is an FDA-approved antifungal medication used in people with fungal infections that do not respond to lotions or creams. This clears up infections of nails, hair, and skin and will get rid of symptoms such as:
- Peeling skin
- Scaly skin
- Discolored nails
How does Griseofulvin work?
Griseofulvin works by binding to keratin which is a protein as it forms in the cells of the hair follicles, nail bed, and skin. It does not kill fungal infections that are recognized in these parts but instead avoids fungal cells from infecting new keratin that develops. It does this by stopping fungal cells from developing and increasing.
The infection clears up as the infected keratin dies and is shed from the body. Wherein, it leaves new healthy keratin. This can take a few weeks for skin infections and up to a year for toenails.
How is Griseofulvin taken?
Before you start taking Griseofulvin, your doctor must know if you:
- Are pregnant, trying for a baby, or breastfeeding
- Are using hormonal methods of contraception
- Have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine
- Have problems with the way your liver works
- Have a rare inherited blood disorder called porphyria
- Have an inflammatory condition called systemic lupus erythematosus
Take this medication exactly as your doctor prescribed you. The usual dose for adults is 500-1000 mg every day. This may regularly be taken as a single everyday dose. Your doctor may recommend that you take it divided into smaller doses spaced throughout the day. Dosage for children is based on their weight. Children may be prescribed low-strength tablets to take.
Swallow the medicine as a whole with a drink of water. You must take your doses of this medicine after a meal or snack. The presence of food in your stomach helps your body to absorb the drug well.
What are the possible side effects of Griseofulvin?
- Upset stomach
- Sleep problems
Call your doctor if you these side effects:
- Having trouble with daily activities
- Flu symptoms
- Tingling in your feet or hands
What are the precautions in taking Griseofulvin?
- Let your doctor know if you are taking any other medicines. This includes any medications you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, as well as herbal and complementary medicines.
- Talk with your doctor about which types of contraception are appropriate for you and your partner. This is mainly essential if you usually rely on hormonal contraception, as this drug lessens its effectiveness.
- If you drink alcohol, ask your doctor for advice about drinking while you are having treatment with this medicine. Griseofulvin might not be recommended for you and might increase the effects of alcohol.
- If you are having dental treatment or an operation, tell the person carrying out the treatment that you are taking this drug.
- A few people taking this medicine find that their skin becomes more sensitive to sunlight. Protect your skin from bright sunlight until you know how your skin reacts.