What is Terbinafine
Usually offered in 250mg tablets, Terbinafine is an antifungal medicine designed to treat fungal nail infections in as little as six weeks. By taking a course of this antifungal treatment as outlined by a doctor, you can rid yourself of unsightly nails and regain some of that lost confidence.
It is estimated that around 3% of people in the UK will experience a fungal nail infection at some point in their lives. Most commonly, the infection spreads from a fungal skin infection such as athlete’s foot, although recently damaged nails are also prone to developing infection.
Terbinafine is a fast and effective way to treat your fungal nail infection within your own home.
In the majority of cases, a fungal nail infection has a cosmetic effect on a patient’s life – nails become yellow-green in colour and do not look healthy. However, in some cases, nails can eventually fall off, become inflamed or cause ongoing pain.
Terbinafine is an antifungal medicine that works to cure fungal nail infections in approximately 80% of cases. In around half of these cases, the affected nails will return fully to their normal state. Whilst the medicine does not always restore the nail to its original appearance, taking this drug prevents further deterioration and the potential loss of nail and pain that may follow.
Taking Terbinafine is a clinically proven method of putting a stop to an ongoing fungal nail infection.
Does Terbinafine Work To Cure a Fungal Nail Infection?
The fungus that causes a fungal nail infection could come from a wide range of sources. Sometimes the nail infection spreads from a fungal infection on the skin, but in other cases it can occur seemingly at random. Fungus thrives in damp conditions, which is why people who regularly use gyms, swimming pools or public baths are more likely to suffer a fungal nail infection.
Terbinafine is an antifungal infection that kills fungi by creating holes in their cell membranes. For a cell to exist, its membrane must be functional to stop its contents from spilling out. This medicine ruptures the membrane, allows the cell contents to be released and, as a result, the cell can no longer survive.
By killing off the fungal cells that cause a fungal nail infection, Terbinafine can gradually rid you of the complaint permanently.
Who Should Use Terbinafine?
Terbinafine can be used the vast majority of people who are suffering from a fungal nail infection, providing that they are not allergic to any of its contents.
Who Should Not Take Terbinafine?
Terbinafine should not be used by patients with severely reduced kidney or liver function, those who are allergic to any of its ingredients, or those with psoriasis. In addition, this treatment is not usually recommended to patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
How To Take Terbinafine
Terbinafine is prescribed as a course of 250mg tablets. Our registered UK doctors will suggest a course of treatment that is right for you, dependant on the specifics and severity of your infection. In most cases of fungal nail infection, the full course of the drug is somewhere between 6 to 12 weeks, although this may be longer if the infection is not cleared after 3 months.
The 250mg tablets should be taken daily at approximately the same time to keep the level of antifungal medication consistent in your body. The tablet can be taken with or without food, although some patients have reported that taking it with food reduces nausea as a side effect.
Be sure to complete the full course of Terbinafine that has been prescribed for you, even if your symptoms disappear. If you stop taking the tablet too soon, it is possible that the infection will return fully.
Terbinafine Side Effects
As with all prescription medications, Terbinafine may cause some mild side effects in a small number of cases. Some of the side effects that have been reported are nausea, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, headaches and dizziness. These side effects are uncommon and, in many instances, disappeared where patients continued to use the medication. If you are concerned about these side effects, contact your doctor.
In some very rare cases, this medicine has caused problems of the liver. To that end, if you develop yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice), pale stools, vomiting, unexplained itching and dark urine, you should stop taking terbinafine and seek medical attention as soon as possible.