Tinactin

(tolnaftate)

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Treats fungal infections.

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Tinactin (tolnaftate) is a good and inexpensive over-the-counter medicine that treats fungal infections like athlete's foot and jock itch with few side effects. However, it can take 4 to 6 weeks to completely get rid of the infection.

Quick facts about Tinactin
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (tolnaftate)

Upsides

  • Tinactin (tolnaftate) is available as a generic and is not expensive to buy over-the-counter.
  • It works at treating common fungal infections of the skin.
  • It causes few side effects.
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Downsides

  • Tinactin (tolnaftate) might give you itchy or burning skin.
  • If using the cream formulation, you need to wash your hands before and after using this medicine.
  • For some types of fungal skin infections, you may need to continue using DRUG NAME even if your skin looks healthy in order to keep the infection from coming back.
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How it works

Tinactin (tolnaftate) is an antifungal medicine that weakens the fungi and keeps them from growing and surviving.

Quick facts about Tinactin
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (tolnaftate)

Dosage forms

  • Aerosol spray
  • Cream
  • Powder
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What to expect when you take Tinactin (tolnaftate) for Fungal infection

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  • Skin rash
  • Itchy or burning skin
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Side effect rates for Tinactin (tolnaftate)

Risks and Warnings for Tinactin (tolnaftate)

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  • Tinactin (tolnaftate) can cause itchy, burning, or dry skin in some people. In most cases, these symptoms are mild and get better on their own. Stop using the medication and talk to your doctor right away if you have very bad burning, itchy, red, or dry skin. You may need to use a different kind of medicine to make your skin better.

Common concerns from people taking Tinactin (tolnaftate)

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Price
  • Tinactin (tolnaftate) is available as a generic and is not expensive to buy over-the-counter.