What is Itraconazole 1% Topical Gel?
Itrostred® Itraconazole 1% is an antifungal medicine/agent. It kills and prevents the growth of fungus. This relieves the symptoms caused by the infection. It may be used to treat infections such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, fungal nappy rash, and fungal sweat rash. You should keep using it for as long as it is prescribed even if your symptoms have gone. This will prevent the infection from coming back. Using this medicine as prescribed will relieve pain and itching and may help you feel more comfortable with your skin.
Itraconazole 1% works by binding the fungal cell membrane and weakening it thus causing the cell contents to leak out and results in the death of the fungus and this then stops the fungal growth and infection. Itromed gel prevents fungus from making their protective covering as well. Itraconazole 1% used to treat and prevent a variety of superficial and systemic fungal infections, including thrush and ringworm.
Itraconazole 1% Gel is for external use only. You should use it in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. The affected area should be clean and dry before application of the medicine. You must wash your hands thoroughly before and after applying this medicine. Skin infections will usually get better after 2 to 4 weeks. Do not use the medicine for longer than your doctor has told you to and let him or her know if your condition does not improve after 2 to 4 weeks of treatment. If you have athlete’s foot, wash your socks or tights thoroughly and change your shoes daily if possible.
Some of the common side effects include skin irritation, redness, or itching at the site of application. Please consult your doctor if these side effects persist for a longer duration. Avoid direct contact with your eyes. In the case of direct contact, wash your eyes with water, and seek immediate medical attention. You should stop taking it straight away if you have any signs of an allergic reaction or of congestive heart failure. Signs of this include rash, swelling of the lips, throat, or face, swallowing or breathing problems, feeling dizzy or faint, and nausea.
It is not likely that other medicines you take by mouth or injection will affect the way this medicine works, but talk to your doctor before using it if you have recently used another medicine that contains a steroid or had an allergic reaction to another antifungal medicine. This medicine should only be used if it is clearly needed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Ask your doctor if it is safe.
Fungal infections that Itraconazole 1% is used for include:
- Persistent infections of the skin with pityriasis Versicolor, which caused by the yeast-like fungus Malassezia and characterized by rash and patches of flaky skin on the trunk, neck, or arms.
- Persistent infections with the fungus tinea (also called ringworm) in various parts of the body including the body (tinea corporis), foot (tinea pedis) and groin (tinea cruris or jock itch).
- Candidiasis (thrush) of the mucus membranes such as in the mouth and vagina, also of the skin.
- Persistent infections of the vagina with the yeast candida (candidiasis).
- Infection of the nail (onychomycosis) with yeast or dermatophyte fungi like tinea.
- Fungal keratitis, an infection of the cornea of the eye by mold fungi like aspergillus or the yeast Candida, resulting in inflammation.
- Systemic fungal infections that can affect internal organs such as histoplasmosis a rare systemic fungal infection from inhalation of a soil fungus into the lung causing flu-like symptoms; also aspergillosis, a lung infection caused by breathing in spores of the mold fungus aspergillus. These systemic fungal infections are more common in people who are immunocompromised.
How does Itraconazole 1% work?
Itrostred® contains an itraconazole 1% broad-spectrum antifungal drug belonging to the triazole group of antifungals. Itraconazole in Itrostred® is a potent and specific inhibitor of fungal enzymes necessary for the synthesis of ergosterol, an important component of the fungal cell membrane that is not found in animal cells. A lack of ergosterol weakens the fungal cell membrane, causing the cell contents to leak out, which kills the fungus. This prevents the infection from spreading, relieving symptoms caused by the infection, including, itching and inflammation.
Where can I buy Itraconazole cream over the counter?
You can always purchase Itrostred® Itraconazole 1% topical gel online otc via okdermo.com online skincare store.
Which is better itraconazole or terbinafine?
Topical Itraconazole has a higher clinical cure rate as compared to terbinafine. Although the cost of terbinafine is lower, the failure rate is higher and the duration of treatment required is longer. Therefore, itraconazole seems to be superior to terbinafine in the treatment of tinea corporis and tinea cruris.