SERTACONAZOLE - Watsons Health

SERTACONAZOLE

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Ertaczo

GENERIC NAME(S): SERTACONAZOLE NITRATE

 

Description: Sertaconazole is an azole antifungal that alters fungal cell wall membrane permeability, which result to fungal death. It inhibits the CYP450-dependent synthesis of ergosterol.

Pharmacokinetics:

Absorption: Minimal (topical).

Indications:

Used to treat athlete’s foot or infection caused by Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Epidermophyton floccosum

OTHER USES: This medication may also be used for other fungal skin infections such as ringworm orjock itch.

Contraindications: None

How to use sertaconazole topical:

  • Use this medication on the skin only.
  • Clean and thoroughly dry the area to be treated. Apply this medication to the affected skin twice daily or as directed by your doctor.
  • Apply enough medication to cover the affected skin and some of the surrounding skin.
  • After applying this medication, wash your hands. Do not wrap, cover or bandage the area unless directed to do so by your doctor. Do not apply this more often than prescribed. Your condition will not clear faster, but side effects may be increased.
  • Do not apply this medication in the eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina.
  • Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after starting sertaconazole. Stopping the medication too early may allow the fungus to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve after 2 weeks of treatment or if it worsens at any time.

Availability: This is a prescription only drug.

Please see Precautions section.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.

Common side effects:

  • burning,
  • swelling,
  • irritation,
  • tenderness,
  • discoloration, or
  • dry skin

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including:

  • blistering,
  • oozing,
  • open sores.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions:

General:

If irritation develops, treatment should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted.

  • Allergy: Before using sertaconazole, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other azole antifungals such as clotrimazole, ketoconazole, or miconazole; or if you have any other allergies.
  • Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.

Pregnancy Risk: Category C- This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Breastfeeding: It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor beforebreast-feeding.

Interactions

Does not interact with other drugs

Overdose:

This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If swallowing or overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.

This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in those cases.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.

Brands:

Also marketed as

  • Zalain [ Metro Pharma ]

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