Treatment Options

Lamisil® for the Treatment of Fungal Infections

Moderate Value

Fungal infections can be stubborn and difficult to cure. Lamisil® is a medication for the treatment of various fungal infections.

Lamisil® treatment options:

Medication

Reason

Prescription

Over-the-counter (OTC)

Lamisil® Tablets

For the treatment of fungal infection of the fingernails or toenails

Yes

No

Lamisil® 1% Solution (not for eye, mouth or intravaginal use)

For the treatment of fungal skin infections

Yes

No

Lamisil® 1% DermGel™
(not for eye, mouth or intravaginal use)

For the treatment of fungal skin infections, athlete’s foot, ringworm or jock itch

Yes

No

Lamisil® 1% Cream

For the treatment of athlete’s foot, jock itch and ringworm

No

Yes

 

Things to Consider

  • Lamisil® is an antifungal medication.
  • It is important that you take all of the medication prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better.
  • Store medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Results

Significant Value

Will I live longer if I use Lamisil®?

There is no scientific evidence that taking Lamisil® will lengthen your life.

Will the use of Lamisil® for the treatment of fungal infections improve my quality of life?

Yes, without treatment fungal infections tend to get worse, infecting more of the nail or surrounding skin.

Does the use of Lamisil® for the treatment of fungal infections make my symptoms better?

Yes, the symptoms may begin to improve before the infection is completely treated, that is why it is important to take the medication as prescribed for you.

Safety

Intermediate Value

How safe is this for me?

The safety of any form of Lamisil® has not been established in pediatric the population individuals.
Lamisil® in any form has not been recommended for nursing mothers, or for individuals with chronic or active liver disease or renal impairment.

Minor reported complications:

 

Medication

Minor complications

Lamisil® Tablets

Diarrhea
Abdominal pain
Nausea/Vomiting
Rash

Lamisil® 1% Solution, Lamisil® 1% DermGel™ and Lamisil® 1% Cream (not for eye, mouth or intravaginal use)

Redness
Itching
Burning
Blistering

Major reported complications:

  • Rare cases of liver failure, some leading to death or liver transplant, have occurred with the use of Lamisil® Tablets for the treatment of fungal infection of the nails in individuals with and without pre-existing liver disease.

Comparison

Moderate Value
  • Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when using a public pool or shower and allow them to dry between uses. Most types of fungus live in moist environments.
  • Wash and dry hands and feet thoroughly.
  • Avoid injuring your nail. Cutting nails too short is a common cause of nail injury.
  • Wear dry, properly fitted shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet. Injury to the tips of the toes because of tight shoes may be the biggest single factor that leads to a fungal nail infection returning.

Cost

Moderate Value

The cost of Lamisil® tablets for the treatment for fungal infections can vary from $284.32 to $1,210 for each prescription.

The cost of Lamisil® solution and Lamisil® gel for the treatment for fungal infections can vary from $32 to $84.79 for each prescription.

The cost of Lamisil® cream for the treatment for fungal infections can vary from $9 to $51.25 for each treatment.

The cost may or may not be covered by your health benefits plan.

Sources

The following are off-site links off-site link :

KidsHealth. (2011, January). Fungal infections. Retrieved July 7, 2014 from http://kidshealth.org/kid/health_problems/skin/fungus.html.

Mayo Clinic. (2011, August). Nail fungus. Retrieved July 7, 2014 from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nail-fungus/DS00084.

Medline Plus®. (2012, November). Medical encyclopedia. Fungal nail infections. Retrieved July 7, 2014 from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001330.htm.

U. S. Food and Drug Administration. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Lamisil®. Retrieved July 7, 2014 from http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/drugsatfda/index.cfm?fuseaction=Search.Overview&DrugName=LAMISIL

Next Review Date

8/14/2015

This document has been classified as public information.

Table of Findings

results:  significant value

safety:  intermediate value

comparison:  moderate value

cost: moderate value


total: moderate value

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