This drug should be applied to the afflicted skin twice a day, or as instructed by your doctor. The dosage and duration of therapy are determined by the type of infection being treated. Do not use this more frequently than recommended. Your condition will not improve faster, but negative effects may worsen.
Your dermatologist will determine how long you should use Lotrimin. If you don't see any improvement after two weeks, then continue using the medication for another four weeks. Otherwise, stop treatment after six months.
Lotrimin works best if used regularly and completely for the prescribed time. If you stop using the product before the full course of treatment is completed, then your skin will likely become resistant to it. When you stop using Lotrimin, immediately wash your hands with soap and water. Do not rub the skin where Lotrimin was applied. This will prevent further treatment from reaching the infected area.
If you miss a dose of Lotrimin, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next application, then no new damage has been done. Only skip the last application of Lotrimin.
Never use someone else's discarded medication containers.
Bacitracin can be applied to the afflicted region 1 to 3 times each day. Apply only enough to cover the affected area. This drug should not be applied to broad regions of skin. You can use a bandage to protect the treated skin. Do not wash or rinse the area with soap or water after application.
Bacitracin is usually effective in killing bacteria that cause acne. It may take several weeks for all of the bacteria that cause acne to die off after you stop using bacitracin. If you stop using bacitracin too soon, then new infections could arise from remaining bacteria.
Bacitracin can also be used to treat staph infection (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA). Follow instructions on label. Soak cloths in alcohol before applying to prevent skin irritation.
Bacitracin can cause some side effects such as redness and burning at the site of application or elsewhere on the body, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, muscle pain, rash, flaking/peeling skin, changes in color of eyes or mucous membranes, fast heartbeat, faintness, or pain when swallowing. These symptoms are likely due to inhaling the antibiotic into your lungs. Use caution if you are pregnant or may become pregnant. Avoid contact with eye fluids.
Betamethasone creams and ointments should be applied in a thin layer. Doctors recommend taking betamethasone dipropionate just once or twice day, although betamethasone valerate can be used up to three times each day. If you are using the gel form of the drug, it can be applied every four to six hours during the day. The exact number of applications will depend on the type of skin problem you have.
Generally, betamethasone is very safe. But like any other medication, it can cause side effects, some of which may be serious. Common side effects include acne, irritation, dryness, inflammation, redness, peeling, and hair loss. These usually go away after you stop taking the drug but sometimes can be permanent. If you experience any symptoms that worry you, talk with your doctor about changing your dose or type of treatment.
Do not take more than two doses in a 24-hour period. Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, do not use this medication for more than 10 days in any 30-day period. Taking the medication over an extended period of time may lead to serious side effects.
The recommended dose of rifatriptan is one tablet daily during pregnancy. Not enough data are available about the safety of rifatriptan during breastfeeding. Discuss with your doctor if you are considering using this medication during breastfeeding.
Rifatriptan is known to be safe when used as prescribed. However, it is possible for someone to abuse medications like rifatriptan. Abusing these types of medications increases your risk of having a stroke, heart attack or death. If you suspect that you or someone you know has abused rifatriptan, call your doctor immediately. Your doctor will need to review your case with you before making any decisions about your care.
For the treatment of groin and body fungal infections: For one week, apply a thin coating of LOTRISONE cream to the afflicted skin region twice a day. If the treated skin region does not improve after 1 week of therapy, notify your healthcare physician. LOTRISONE cream should not be used for more than two weeks. After using LOTRISONE gel, wait at least 30 minutes before putting on clothing that covers the affected area.
For the treatment of nail fungus: Apply a thin coating of LOTRISONE gel to the infected nails twice a day. If no improvement is noted after 8 weeks of treatment, seek medical advice.
Lotrimin cream contains fungicidal ingredients including ketoconazole (an antifungal drug) that kill fungi such as yeast, molds, and bacteria that may cause infections. It works by blocking the production of oil that oils play in helping organisms grow and spread. Ketoconazole is also an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce pain from arthritis. It cannot be applied to skin that has been recently shaved or waxed. Lotrimin cream is safe for use during pregnancy but avoid contact with the eyes until you know how it affects them. A small number of people have reported allergic reactions to lotrimin cream. If this occurs, stop using it immediately and see your doctor.
Use caution not to cut yourself when applying topical medications, especially those containing ketoconazole because they will enter your bloodstream through deep cuts.