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Understanding the Effects of Lamisil and How to Take It

Effects of Lamisil

Several studies have been conducted on how well the drug treats toenail and fingernail fungus. These studies showed that in 70 percent of cases, Lamisil was an effective "toenail fungus cure." In 79 percent of cases, it cured fingernail fungus. A nail fungus cure was defined as there being no evidence of fungus when part of the nail was looked at under a microscope.
In clinical studies, about 60 percent of people had significant improvements in the appearance of their nails. However, not all people who use Lamisil will have nails that look better (that is, have nails that are less thick, brittle, or discolored).
It also takes time to see the effects of the medication, as you will have to wait until a new nail grows to see any improvement. For toenails, the average time for overall success is about 10 months; for fingernails, it is about four months. About 15 percent of people had a return of the fungus following the initial treatment.

When and How to Take Lamisil

General considerations for when and how to take it include the following:
  • Lamisil comes in tablet and oral granule form. It should be taken by mouth once a day. For treating ringworm of the scalp, it comes in oral granule form (which is also taken by mouth once a day.)
  • For fingernail fungus or for ringworm of the scalp, it should be taken for six weeks. For toenail fungus, Lamisil should be taken for 12 weeks.
  • It can be taken with or without food.  
  • Lamisil oral granules should be sprinkled on a spoonful of non-acidic food, such as pudding or mashed potatoes (but not on applesauce or any fruit-based foods).
  • Lamisil should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
  • For the medicine to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.

Lamisil Medication

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