Compare Itraconazole vs. Terbinafine

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Sporanox
(Itraconazole)

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
ItraconazoleTerbinafine

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

FDA side effect reports for Itraconazole »
  • Rash 4%
  • Headache 3%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Taste disturbance 2%
  • Liver enzyme abnormalities 2%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Itching 1%
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How it works
ItraconazoleTerbinafine
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
ItraconazoleTerbinafine
Coming soon.
AntifungalPrescription only
Available as
ItraconazoleTerbinafine
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Granule
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Topical spray
Used for (click to learn more)
ItraconazoleTerbinafine
  • Aspergillosis
Risk factors for serious side effects
ItraconazoleTerbinafine
Coming soon.
  • Past history of liver disease
  • Taking Lamisil (Terbinafine) by mouth
  • Taking Lamisil (Terbinafine) by mouth
  • Taking Lamisil (Terbinafine) by mouth
  • Taking Lamisil (Terbinafine) by mouth
  • Past history of lupus
  • Taking Lamisil (Terbinafine) by mouth
Detailed Lamisil (Terbinafine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy category
ItraconazoleTerbinafine
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

See the FDA package insert
BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

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

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Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
Food
No specific food-related info.
  • 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.
  • People taking Lamisil (Terbinafine) have reported changes in the way food tastes and how things smell. This can be permanent if the medication's not stopped in time, but this is also very rare.
Kidneys and liver
No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
Sex
No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
Sleep
No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
Weight
No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
Upsides and benefits
ItraconazoleTerbinafine
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
ItraconazoleTerbinafine
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
ItraconazoleTerbinafine
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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More about ItraconazoleSide effectsFDA package insert
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