Econazole

Generic Name: Econazole

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Econazole is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) that is used to treat fungal infections of the skin, including jock itch, athlete's foot, ringworm, and yeast infections of the skin.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Econazole works by stopping the growth of fungus, thereby treating your infection.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Econazole may help clear or relieve certain skin conditions.

    When: You may start to feel a relief in your symptoms soon after you start using econazole. It is important that you use econazole exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may notice an improvement in your skin condition once you begin using econazole. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: burning, redness, stinging, itchiness of your skin.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Econazole may cause allergic reactions or irritation.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use econazole if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with econazole. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Jock Itch, Ringworm, and Fungal Infections of the Skin

    Adults: Apply once a day to cover affected area(s) for 2 weeks.

    Athlete's Foot

    Adults: Apply once a day to cover the affected area(s) for 4 weeks as directed by your healthcare provider.

    Yeast Infections of the Skin

    Adults: Apply twice a day to cover the affected area(s) once in the morning and once in the evening for 2 weeks.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use econazole exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    If you do not see an improvement at the end of your treatment course, call your healthcare provider.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not get econazole in or near your eyes.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    No significant interactions have been reported with econazole at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of econazole during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of econazole, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.

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