Oxistat

Generic Name: Oxiconazole

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Oxistat is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) available as a cream and a lotion. It is used to treat ringworm, jock itch, and athlete's foot. Oxistat cream is also used to treat fungal infections of the skin.

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

    How does this medication work?

    Oxistat 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: Oxistat may help clear or relieve certain skin conditions.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Oxistat 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 Oxistat. 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: irritation, itching, burning.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Oxistat may cause allergic reactions.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Oxistat 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 Oxistat. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history.

  • 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 and Ringworm

    Adults: Apply to affected area(s) and immediate surrounding area(s) once to twice a day for 2 weeks.

    Athlete's Foot

    Adults: Apply to affected area(s) and immediate surrounding area(s) once to twice a day for 4 weeks.

    Fungal Infections of the Skin

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

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Oxistat 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 are using Oxistat lotion, shake the bottle well before each use.

    Wash your hands after applying Oxistat.

    If your condition worsens or 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 Oxistat in your eyes or vagina.

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

    No significant interactions have been reported with Oxistat 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 Oxistat during pregnancy are unknown. Oxistat can be found in your breast milk if you use it while breastfeeding. 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 Oxistat, 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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