What is Terbinafine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Lamisil

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See also: Terbinafine topical

Terbinafine is an antifungal that stops the growth of fungi and is used to treat fungal infections of the toenail and fingernail. It is available in an oral formulation or a topical preparation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Nail fungus 13 7
Candida (fungal) infection 1 0
Chronic hyperglycemia 1 0
Dandruff 1 2
Itchy scalp 1 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 2
Mild 2
None 17

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Terbinafine

Side effect Patients
Hair loss 2
Anxious mood 1
Chest pain 1
Constipation 1
Fatigue 1
Rashes (redness, swelling) 1

Show all 10 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Terbinafine

Dosage Patients
250 mg daily 5
250 mg weekly 1
62,500 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Terbinafine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 10
Side effects too severe 3
Doctor's advice 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Did not seem to work 1
Expense 1
Other 1
See all 16 patients who've stopped taking Terbinafine

Duration

Currently taking Terbinafine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Terbinafine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 20
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 20
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 4
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 10
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Terbinafine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluconazole (Diflucan) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Terbinafine

Dec 24, 2011 (Started Dec 16, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for nail fungus)
  • Side effects
    Mild (anxious mood, restless feeling in legs)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I noticed increased anxiety and restless legs on the first night after I had taken a tablet couple hours before bed. The side effects haven't re-occurred after that. Now it's 9th day of the treatment, 8 tablets eaten.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 5, 2011 (Started Jul 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for jock itch)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Daily
Advice & Tips: Saw results almost immediately. I had tried anti fungal soap with no luck, but the lamisil worked on the first night. It is a simple cream that you rub on the affected area before bedtime.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: hair loss

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 1, 2010 (Started Oct 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fungal infection of nail)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have decided NOT to see a foot doctor, instead I'm treating the nail infection with Nonyx Nail Gel, Nail Tek and Fungi Cure. My pharmacy carries them and I sometimes buy them online, when they are less expensive.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Jul 27, 2010 (Started Oct 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fungal infection of nail)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Insurance plan wants me to see a foot doctor, before they will continue this generic medication.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Jan 21, 2010 (Started Oct 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fungal infection of nail)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This is the generic version and it is less effective than the brand name drug, Lamisil.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Nov 7, 2008 (Started Oct 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This is the generic for Lamisil and works even slower.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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