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These medications are comparable to Lamisil (Terbinafine) or used for similar purposes.

Lamisil
(Terbinafine)

Noxafil
(Posaconazole)

Sporanox
(Itraconazole)

Diflucan
(Fluconazole)

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.Coming soon.Coming soon.Kills yeast and fungus. Diflucan (Fluconazole) is a quick, cheap, and convenient way to get rid of a yeast infection. (It's used for other kinds of fungal infections, too.) You have to avoid alcohol, though.
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Reviews for Diflucan (Fluconazole)
75%
25% vs. Lamisil (Terbinafine)
61%
39% vs. Lamisil (Terbinafine)
21%
21% vs. Lamisil (Terbinafine)
Side effects
TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
  • Rash 4%
  • Headache 3%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Taste disturbance 2%
  • Liver enzyme abnormalities 2%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Itching 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Noxafil side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Noxafil »

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

FDA side effect reports for Itraconazole »

The Diflucan FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about Diflucan side effects »
How it works
TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
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.Coming soon.Coming soon.Diflucan (Fluconazole) is an oral antifungal medicine. It prevents yeast and fungi from reproducing and making their protective outer cell wall.
Type of medication
TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
AntifungalPrescription only
Coming soon.
Coming soon.
AntifungalPrescription only
Available as
TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
  • Pill
  • Granule
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Topical spray
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
  • Aspergillosis
  • Aspergillosis
Risk factors for serious side effects
TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
  • 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 »
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Pregnancy category
TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
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.

See the FDA package insert
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.

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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.

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DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

See the FDA package insert
Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
  • You have to avoid alcohol while on this medication.
  • Don't drink alcohol when you take this medication.
Food
  • 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.
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Kidneys and liver
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Sex
No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
  • You have to avoid having sex for at least a week after you take Fluconazole.
  • Can interact with birth control pills, so you'll need to use condoms or other barriers if you do have sex.
  • If you're taking this for a vaginal yeast infection, you only have to take it once. Don't have sex for at least 7 days.
Sleep
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Weight
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Upsides and benefits
TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
  • 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.
Coming soon.Coming soon.
  • Available in generic.
  • For women with yeast infections, you only have to take one pill one time.
Downsides and risks
TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
  • 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.
Coming soon.Coming soon.
  • You have to avoid alcohol while on this medication.
  • You have to avoid having sex for at least a week after you take Fluconazole.
  • Can interact with birth control pills, so you'll need to use condoms or other barriers if you do have sex.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
  • 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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  • If you're taking this for a vaginal yeast infection, you only have to take it once. Don't have sex for at least 7 days.
  • For other fungal infections, take it exactly how your doctor tells you to.
  • Don't drink alcohol when you take this medication.
  • If you're on birth control pills, Fluconazole can make them less effective. Consider using another method (condoms, diaphragms) along with the pills.
  • Can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and headache.
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