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Lamisil vs. Diflucan

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Are Lamisil and Diflucan the Same Thing?

Lamisil (terbinafine hydrochloride) and Diflucan (fluconazole) are antifungal drugs. Lamisil is used to treat infections caused by fungus that affect the fingernails or toenails (onychomycosis). Oral granules are used to treat a fungal infection of scalp hair follicles in children who are at least 4 years old.

Diflucan is prescribed to treat Candida fungal infections of the mouth, vagina, esophagus, lungs, urinary tract, abdomen, and other organs. Diflucan is also used to treat fungal meningitis and may be prescribed to ward off fungal infections in patients being treated with chemotherapy or radiation before a bone marrow transplant.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Lamisil?

Common side effects of Lamisil include:

  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness,
  • stomach or abdominal pain,
  • upset stomach,
  • diarrhea,
  • heartburn,
  • loss of appetite, and
  • allergic reactions including skin inflammation, itching, rash, and unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Diflucan?

Common side effects of Diflucan include:

  • dizziness,
  • fast or irregular heart rate,
  • watery or bloody diarrhea,
  • muscle cramps or weakness,
  • jerky muscle movements,
  • confusion,
  • feeling jittery, or
  • seizures.

What is Lamisil?

Lamisil (terbinafine hydrochloride) is an antifungal antibiotic used to treat infections caused by fungus that affect the fingernails or toenails (onychomycosis). Oral granules are used to treat a fungal infection of scalp hair follicles in children who are at least 4 years old.

What is Diflucan?

Diflucan (fluconazole) is an antifungal medication prescribed to treat Candida fungal infections of the mouth, vagina, esophagus, lungs, urinary tract, abdomen, and other organs. Diflucan is also used to treat fungal meningitis and may be prescribed to ward off fungal infections in patients being treated with chemotherapy or radiation before a bone marrow transplant.

What Drugs Interact With Lamisil?

Lamisil may interact with cimetidine, rifampin, other antifungal antibiotics, blood thinners, heart rhythm medications, antidepressants, MAO inhibitors (MAOIs), or beta-blockers. Tell your doctor all medications you use. During pregnancy, Lamisil should be used only when prescribed.

What Drugs Interact With Diflucan?

Diflucan may interact with blood thinners or seizure medications.

Diflucan may also interact with alfentanil, fentanyl, clopidogrel, cyclophosphamide, cyclosporine, methadone, pimozide, prednisone, saquinavir, zidovudine, sirolimus, tacrolimus, theophylline, voriconazole, antidepressants, cancer medicines, cholesterol lowering medicines, heart or blood pressure medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), oral diabetes medications, rifabutin, rifampin, or sedatives.

How Should Lamisil Be Taken?

To treat fingernail onychomycosis the dose of Lamisil is one 250 mg tablet once daily for 6 weeks. For toenail onychomycosis, take one 250 mg tablet once daily for 12 weeks.

How Should Diflucan Be Taken?

Diflucan is available in several strengths and comes as a tablet (50, 100, 150 and 200 mg strength), liquid (350 or 1400 mg strength), or injection (2 mg per ml). Diflucan is taken once a day and may be taken for several weeks depending on the condition being treated.

Reviewed on 8/8/2018


SOURCE:
GSK. Lamisil Consumer Information.
www.lamisilat.com/
Pfizer. Diflucan Product Information.
http://labeling.pfizer.com/ShowLabeling.aspx?id=575

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