What is Oxistat?Oxistat prevents fungus from growing on your skin. It is available as a cream or lotion. Oxistat cream and lotion are used to treat fungal skin infections such as athlete's foot (tinea pedis), jock itch (tinea cruris), and ringworm of the entire body (tinea corporis). Oxistat cream is also used for tinea versicolor, which appears as patches on the skin. Oxistat cream may also be used in pediatric patients for athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm of the entire body, and tinea versicolor, but these conditions rarely occur in children <12 years old.
What is the most important information I should know about Oxistat?Oxistat should not be used in, on, or near the eyes, or applied to the vagina. Oxistat is for external use only.
Always wash your hands after you apply Oxistat.
Use Oxistat for the full course of therapy as directed by your doctor even though your symptoms may have improved. If no improvement is seen after 2-4 weeks, or if your condition worsens, call your doctor.
You should also call your doctor if the treated area shows signs of increased irritation, itching, burning, blistering, swelling, or oozing.
Do not use bandages or dressings that prevent air from circulating to the affected area (occlusive dressings) unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not use Oxistat for anything other than what it was prescribed for.
Who should not take Oxistat?Do not use Oxistat if you have ever had an allergic reaction to Oxistat or are sensitive to it or any other ingredients in the cream or lotion.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Oxistat?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Oxistat.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Athlete's Foot, Jock Itch, or Ringworm
Adults and children: The usual dose of Oxistat cream or lotion is once or twice a day. Athlete's foot is treated for 1 month. Jock itch and ringworm are treated for 2 weeks.
Adults and children: The usual dose is one application a day of Oxistat cream for 2 weeks.
How should I take Oxistat?Wash your hands before and after using this medication. Clean and dry the affected area. If you are using Oxistat lotion, shake the bottle well before using. Apply the cream or lotion once or twice daily to the affected area(s) and the surrounding area(s) for 2-4 weeks.
Use this medication for the full amount of time prescribed by your doctor or recommended in the package even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely healed.
If the infection does not clear up in 2 weeks (or 4 weeks for athlete's foot), or if it appears to get worse, see your doctor.
What should I avoid while taking Oxistat?Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, mouth, or other mucous membranes. Avoid wearing tight-fitting, synthetic clothing that does not allow air circulation. Wear loose-fitting clothing made of cotton and other natural fibers until the infection is healed.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Oxistat?No significant interactions have been reported with Oxistat. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
What are the possible side effects of Oxistat?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: allergic skin inflammation; burning; cracks in the skin; eczema; irritation; itching; pain; rash; scaling; skin redness; skin softening; small, firm, raised skin eruptions similar to those of chickenpox; stinging; tingling
Can I receive Oxistat if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Oxistat during pregnancy are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant.
Oxistat appears in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If Oxistat is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding until your treatment is finished.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Oxistat?Apply the cream or lotion when you remember, then return to your regular schedule. Never apply two doses at the same time.
How should I store Oxistat?Store at room temperature. Shake the lotion well before using.
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