Econazole is used to treat ringworm, often known as jock itch or athlete's foot, as well as several other common fungal infections. Econazole works by preventing the growth of fungus on the skin, allowing the irritating fungus to die off and for the skin to reach equilibrium.
Econazole is usually sold in a topical cream but is also available in a foam form, a solution, or in a powder. It is usually applied to the affected area daily for a period of several weeks. Patients using Econazole will need to keep the affected area clean and dry in between applications of Econazole.
Along with the therapeutic effects that Econazole is prescribed for, some patients may experience unwanted effects or symptoms from Econazole. These side effects are an indication that the medication may not be interacting with your body in an ideal fashion, and can cause health problems. If you experience side effects from using Econazole, you will need medical attention to ensure that no serious health problems will occur.
Some patients who use Econazole may experience unwanted dermatological side effects or unwanted effects on the skin. These side effects include:
If you experience any of these side effects while using Econazole, contact your doctor immediately. You may need medical assistance to treat the side effects of Econazole. Discontinuation of Econazole may be required. Always follow your doctor's directions regarding the safe usage of Econazole.
Some patients may experience side effects from Econazole that are not listed here. If you experience any other adverse effects while using Econazole, check with your doctor as soon as possible. You or your doctor may wish to report any unlisted or serious side effects to the Food and Drug Administration's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program, reachable by phone at 1-800-332-1088 or online at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch.
Patients who have been prescribed Econazole to relieve a case of tinea corporis or ringworm will normally need to apply Econazole once per day for a period of two weeks. The patient should apply as much Econazole cream as is needed to cover the areas affected by the rash.
Patients who have been prescribed Econazole to relieve a case of tinea cruris or jock itch will normally need to apply Econazole once per day for a period of two weeks. The patient should apply as much Econazole cream as is needed to cover the areas affected by the rash.
Patients who have been prescribed Econazole to relieve a case of tinea versicolor or pityriasis versicolor will normally need to apply Econazole once per day for a period of two weeks. The patient should apply as much Econazole cream as is needed to cover the areas affected by the rash.
Patients who have been prescribed Econazole to relieve a case of tinea pedis or athlete's foot will normally need to apply Econazole once per day for a period of four weeks. The patient should apply as much Econazole cream as is needed to cover the areas affected by the rash.
Patients who have been prescribed Econazole to relieve a case of cutaneous candidiasis will normally need to apply Econazole twice per day, once in the morning and once in the evening, for a period of two weeks. The patient should apply as much Econazole cream as is needed to cover the areas affected by the rash.
If you miss a dose of your Econazole, apply the cream as soon as you are able to. If it is nearly time to apply your next dose of Econazole, skip the dose you missed and return to your normal dosing schedule. Do not double-dose or put on two doses of Econazole at the same time. If you are not sure of a safe interval of time to apply your Econazole, check with your doctor.
Drug interactions can increase your risk or severity of side effects, or can change the way your medications work in your body. Keep a list of all drugs, medications, and supplements you take regularly, whether they are prescribed to you by a health care professional or sold over the counter. Your doctor or pharmacist should be able to help you identify potential drug interactions.
Econazole has a risk of interaction with anticoagulants such as Warfarin and Dicoumarol. Econazole may seep into the bloodstream when applied topically if applied to a large area of skin, if Econazole is applied to the genitals, or if dressings which do not allow moisture to evaporate (such as occlusive dressings, which are sealed with wax in order to be air tight and water tight) are applied to the area. In patients who are taking an anticoagulant, this can enhance the anticoagulation properties of the medication or increase the blood level of the medication. This may lead to bleeding complications in patients taking an anticoagulant medication. Patients taking an anticoagulant medication and Econazole at the same time may need additional monitoring of INR levels, or an adjustment of dosage of the anticoagulant in order to reduce the incidence of side effects.
Symptoms of bleeding complications from the interaction of Econazole and an anticoagulant include:
If you experience any of these symptoms while using Econazole at the same time you are using an anticoagulant medication, seek immediate medical attention. Do not stop using any medication unless you discuss it with your doctor first.
Patients using Econazole may see relief of symptoms within the first few days of using the medication. It is crucial that you keep using your Econazole for the prescribed time, even if your symptoms have gone away. This will prevent the fungus from returning. If your symptoms do not improve by the time your prescribed regimen of Econazole has ended, or if your symptoms become worse while using the Econazole, check with your doctor. Do not use Econazole for a skin problem or other affliction unless it has been checked and authorized by your doctor.
Econazole is for use on the skin only. Do not ingest this medicine orally. Keep Econazole out of mucous membranes such as the eyes, mouth, or nose to prevent chemical burns or discomfort.
Before you apply a dose of Econazole, wash your hands thoroughly. Wash the area that is affected by fungus and dry it thoroughly before you apply the Econazole. Apply a thin layer of the Econazole to the affected area of skin and rub it in gently. Do not cover the area of applied Econazole with dressings, bandages, or make-up unless following your doctor's directions.
After applying Econazole, wash your hands to ensure that no Econazole residue is left on your hands. Do not wash your hands if Econazole is meant to go on the hand.
Proper Use for Tinea Pedis or Athlete's Foot
While using Econazole for tinea pedis, ringworm of the foot, or athlete's foot, it is crucial to keep the feet dry and cool to ensure that the medication is working to its most effective extent and that the infection will not return. Guidelines for keeping the feet in an optimal situation to prevent fungus growth include:
While using Econazole for tinea cruris or jock itch, it is crucial to keep the affected area cool and dry in order to ensure that the medication is working to its most effective extent and that the infection will not return. Following these directions will also ensure that chafing and irritation in the affected area is kept to a minimum:
Before you start using Econazole, let your doctor and pharmacist know if you are allergic to this medication or to any other drugs or medications. Econazole may not be suitable for all patients. Keep a list of all drugs, medications, and supplements such as vitamins that you regularly take, and make sure your doctor and pharmacist are informed. This can help cut down on drug interactions and other adverse effects.
While using Econazole, tell any health care providers supervising or treating you, such as nurses, dentists, doctors, or pharmacists, that you are taking Econazole.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breastfeeding while taking Econazole. You will need to discuss the risks and benefits of using this medicine while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Keep your Econazole in the container you received it in. Make sure the medication is kept at room temperature and is not exposed to high heat or excessive moisture. It is not advised to store your Econazole in the bathroom for this reason.
When you have finished with your Econazole regimen, do not throw this medication in the trash or flush down the toilet. Your pharmacist or doctor can tell you how to dispose of Econazole safely or may be able to dispose of the medication for you.
Econazole is a topical antifungal medication. It is often sold under the name Ecoza or Spectazole, and is available in a cream, powder, foam, or solution. Econazole is prescribed to treat fungal infections of the skin such as athlete's foot or jock itch.
Econazole is applied to the affected area of the body once or twice per day for a period of two to four weeks, depending on your condition. Before using Econazole, clean and dry the affected area thoroughly. Econazole is not to be ingested orally or to be used with bandages or dressings.
Patients may need to observe specific hygiene guidelines while using Econazole. Some patients may need to apply absorbent or antifungal powder to the affected area in between applications of Econazole. While using Econazole, make sure that the affected area of the skin is able to breathe. Avoid wool, synthetic fibers, or tight clothes on the affected area.
If you experience burning, itching, stinging, redness or a rash while using Econazole, tell your doctor immediately.