Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection

Lamisil Alternatives

(terbinafine)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection
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Compare Lamisil (terbinafine) to alternatives

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.Treats fungal infections. Sporanox (itraconazole) is effective oral medication that treats many different kinds of fungal infections. However, it has the potential to interact with a lot of other medications and has a few serious but rare side effects.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
73%
+27% better vs. Terbinafine
60%
+40% better vs. Terbinafine
20%
+20% better vs. Terbinafine
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Side effects
TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
  • Headache 3%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Rash 4%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Itching 1%
  • Liver enzyme abnormalities 2%
  • Taste disturbance 2%
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We haven’t found good data for Noxafil side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Noxafil »
  • Nausea 11%
  • Rash 9%
  • Vomiting 5%
  • Swelling due to fluid retention 4%
  • Headache 4%
  • Itching 3%
  • Fever 3%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • High blood pressure 3%
  • Tiredness 3%
More Itraconazole side effects »
  • Any side effect 26%
  • Headache 13%
  • Nausea 7%
  • Abdominal pain 6%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Skin rash 2%
  • Vomiting 2%
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How it works
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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.Sporanox (itraconazole) kills fungus by preventing it from making its protective cell wall.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
Prescription onlyPrescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
  • Pill
  • Granule
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Topical spray
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
  • Aspergillosis
Risk factors for serious side effects
TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
  • Past history of liver disease
  • Taking Lamisil (Terbinafine) by mouth
Detailed Lamisil (terbinafine) risks & warnings »
    Coming soon.
    • History of congestive heart failure
    • Taking other medications that can produce an irregular heartbeat
    Detailed Sporanox (itraconazole) risks & warnings »
      Detailed Diflucan (fluconazole) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy

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

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

      Interactions
      TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
      No interactions related info.No interactions related info.
      • Sporanox (itraconazole) has many drug interactions and can't be used together with a lot of other medications. Let your doctor or pharmacist know about all of your medications before starting Sporanox (itraconazole).
      • Sporanox (itraconazole) has a lot of drug interactions. Let your doctor or pharmacist know about all of the medications you're taking.
      • Can interact with birth control pills, so you'll need to use condoms or other barriers if you do have sex.
      Alcohol
      TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
      No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.
      • Don't drink alcohol when you take this medication.
      • You have to avoid alcohol while on this medication.
      Kidneys and liver
      TerbinafineNoxafilItraconazoleDiflucan
      • 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.
      No kidneys and liver related info.
      • Sporanox (itraconazole) can be used by people who have kidney problems.
      No kidneys and liver related info.
      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
      • Sporanox (itraconazole) is effective in treating infections caused by many different types of fungi.
      • Available as a generic in the capsule form.
      • Sporanox (itraconazole) can be used by people who have kidney problems.
      • 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
      • The liquid solution is especially likely to cause stomach upset like nausea and diarrhea.
      • Sporanox (itraconazole) is not a good choice for simple fungal infections (like nail infections) in people who have congestive heart failure because it can cause high blood pressure and swelling of the limbs.
      • Sporanox (itraconazole) isn't absorbed in the same way by everyone. You'll likely need to get lab tests done to check on its levels in the blood.
      • Sporanox (itraconazole) can cause serious side effects like allergic reactions, liver toxicity, nerve pain, or hearing loss.
      • Sporanox (itraconazole) has a lot of drug interactions. Let your doctor or pharmacist know about all of the medications you're taking.
      • 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.
      Coming soon
      • If you are taking the pill form, take it after the same meal at the same time each day. If taking the liquid form, take it on an empty stomach with an an accurate measuring device.
      • If you're taking Sporanox (itraconazole) for an infection in the mouth or esophagus, swish the liquid solution in your mouth before swallowing.
      • To make sure that the medicine is effective, be sure to take the full course of this medication, even if you are feeling better.
      • Sporanox (itraconazole) should not be taken with any heartburn medications - especially proton pump inhibitors like Nexium or Prilosec.
      • Be sure to use a reliable form of birth control while taking Sporanox (itraconazole).
      • 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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