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ERTACZO® (sertaconazole nitrate) Cream, 2%, is not indicated for ophthalmic, oral or intravaginal use.
General: ERTACZO® (sertaconazole nitrate) Cream, 2%, is for use on the skin only. If irritation or sensitivity develops with the use of ERTACZO® (sertaconazole nitrate) Cream, 2%, treatment should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted.
Diagnosis of the disease should be confirmed either by direct microscopic examination of infected superficial epidermal tissue in a solution of potassium hydroxide or by culture on an appropriate medium.
Physicians should exercise caution when prescribing ERTACZO® (sertaconazole nitrate) Cream, 2%, to patients known to be sensitive to imidazole antifungals, since cross-reactivity may occur.
Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility
Long-term studies to evaluate the car-cinogenic potential of sertaconazole nitrate have not been conducted. No clastogenic potential was observed in a mouse micronucleus test. Sertaconazole nitrate was considered negative for sister chromatid exchange (SCE) in the in vivo mouse bone marrow SCE assay. There was no evidence that sertaconazole nitrate induced unscheduled DNA synthesis in rat primary hepatocyte cultures. Sertaconazole nitrate exhibited no toxicity or adverse effects on reproductive performance or fertility of male or female rats given up to 60 mg/kg/day orally by gastric intubation (16 times the maximum recommended human dose based on a body surface area comparison).
Pregnancy Category C: Oral reproduction studies in rats and rabbits did not produce any evidence of maternal toxicity, embryotoxicity or teratogenicity of ser-taconazole nitrate at an oral dose of 160 mg/kg/day (40 times (rats) and 80 times (rabbits) the maximum recommended human dose on a body surface area comparison). In an oral peri-postnatal study in rats, a reduction in live birth indices and an increase in the number of still-born pups was seen at 80 and 160 mg/kg/day.
There are no adequate and well-controlled studies that have been conducted on topically applied ERTACZO® (sertaconazole nitrate) Cream, 2%, in pregnant women. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, ERTACZO® (sertaconazole nitrate) Cream, 2%, should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
It is not known if sertaconazole is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when prescribing ERTACZO® (sertaconazole nitrate) Cream, 2%, to a nursing woman.
The efficacy and safety of ERTACZO® (sertaconazole nitrate) Cream, 2%, have not been established in pediatric patients below the age of 12 years.
Clinical studies of ERTACZO® (sertaconazole nitrate) Cream, 2%, did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects.
Last reviewed on RxList: 12/29/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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