This is a medicine that is used to treat infections caused by fungi. These are typically in the skin, nails and scalp. It is used when creams do not work.
Using medication like Grifulvin on the infected area alleviates the symptoms like itchiness, red skin and off-color nails.
Grifulvin works by inhibiting the growth and propagation of the causal fungi. However, it doesn’t treat yeast infections and those caused by bacteria.
Before you start a course of Grifulvin, make sure you tell your doctor about allergies that you may have to it or anything else.
The medicine might have other ingredients in it that cause an allergic reaction in the body. For a full list of ingredients, refer to a pharmacist.
If you have a history or a current medical condition such as a blood disease (porphyria), severe hepatic disorders and kidney diseases, tell your doctor before using Grifulvin.
Tell your doctor before taking Grifulvin if you have a medical condition like lupus. Keep in mind that it can also reduce your reflex speed and reaction time.
Do not drive or operate machines while on Grifulvin. If you are a surgeon, stay home. Avoid drinking alcohol as well.
Grifulvin can make your skin more reactive to direct sunlight exposure. Use sunscreen of at least SPF30 when going outdoors. Avoid tanning salons.
Do not take Grifulvin if you are pregnant. It is known to harm unborn children. Talk to your doctor if you are or plan on becoming pregnant.
Use barrier and hormonal methods of contraception for at least a month after treatment with Grifulvin has ceased.
If you want to impregnate someone right after treatment with Grifulvin, talk to your doctor. It is recommended that you wait for a month at least before trying to father a child.
Grifulvin is an oral suspension (liquid). Shake it well before measuring a dose and take it according to the dosage given in your prescription label.
Take Grifulvin right after a moderately high-fat meal for the best effects. If your doctor gives you a diet to stick to, go with it.
Don’t try and give Grifulvin to another person or use it on yourself for a different infection. The dosage you were given is meant for you and your current infection.
The typical time for treatment with this medication is up to a year for nail infections. This period can actually be longer based on the severity.
Take the medicine at regular intervals if you don’t have a prescription that specifically tells you dosing times. Do not stop medication too early or continue for too long.
Missed doses and overdose
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Do not take extra to make up for the missed dose. If you are about to take your next dose, ignore the one you missed.
If you overdose on Grifulvin, contact your local poison hotline immediately. Seek emergency medical assistance as well.
Common side effects include:
More severe side effects include:
Numbness in hands and feet
Facial rash, butterfly shape
Joint and muscle pain
Call your doctor immediately if you experience these side effects.
If you experience an allergic reaction to Grifulvin, stop taking it immediately.
Tell your doctor about herbal and over the counter drugs you are taking.