› 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
› 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
› 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
› 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.