Compare Clotrimazole vs. Terbinafine

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Lotrimin
(clotrimazole)

Lamisil
(terbinafine)

Coming soon.Treats fungal infections. Lamisil (Terbinafine) has the highest cure rate of all antifungal medications, but you need to take it for a few weeks or months to see if it'll work for you.
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Side effects
ClotrimazoleTerbinafine

We haven’t found good data for Clotrimazole side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Clotrimazole »
  • Headache 3%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Rash 4%
  • Dyspepsia 1%
  • Pruritus 1%
  • Liver Enzyme Abnormalities 2%
  • Taste Disturbance 2%
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How it works
ClotrimazoleTerbinafine
Coming soon.Lamisil (Terbinafine) is an antifungal medication that prevents the fungi from creating the protective layers it needs to survive. It treats scalp, toenail, and fingernail infections.
Type of medication
ClotrimazoleTerbinafine
Prescription only
Available as
ClotrimazoleTerbinafine
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Topical
  • Spray
  • Topical
  • Lozenge
  • Pill
  • Granule
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Topical spray
Used for
ClotrimazoleTerbinafine
  • Candidal Vulvovaginitis Candidiasis
Risk factors for serious side effects
ClotrimazoleTerbinafine
    Coming soon.
    • Past history of liver disease
    • Taking Lamisil (Terbinafine) by mouth
    Detailed Lamisil (terbinafine) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Kidneys and liver
    ClotrimazoleTerbinafine
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • There have been reports of liver damage in people taking Lamisil (Terbinafine). Your doctor will do some blood tests to make sure you don't have liver damage before taking this medication. Call your doctor immediately if you have pain in your abdomen, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, have dark urine, or light colored stool. All of these can be signs of changes to your liver.
    Upsides and benefits
    ClotrimazoleTerbinafine
    Coming soon
    • Recommended as a first-choice treatment for fungal infections. It has a high cure rate and very few side effects.
    • Available as a generic medication, so it's cheap.
    • It's the only antifungal medication that is available in different oral forms and can be used by children.
    Downsides and risks
    ClotrimazoleTerbinafine
    Coming soon
    • It can take weeks to months to see any changes in the infection.
    • While Lamisil (Terbinafine) has the highest cure rate of all antifungal medications, there's still a chance it may not work.
    • Can cause headache, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    ClotrimazoleTerbinafine
    Coming soon
    • It can take a few months for improvements to be seen, especially for finger and toenail infections.
    • You can be more likely to get a sunburn, so put on sunblock when you go outside.
    • If you're taking the oral granules, mix them in a spoonful of mashed potatoes or pudding, and then swallow it whole without chewing. Don't use fruit-based soft foods.
    • Your doctor will have you get regular blood work done to make sure Lamisil (Terbinafine) isn't causing side effects.
    • If you forget your daily dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it's less than 4 hours to your next dose, then skip it. Don't take two doses at once.
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