What is Lamisil?
Lamisil is an antifungal treatment. It can treat a range of different infections, like ringworm, athlete's foot and nail infections. Lamisil is the branded version of terbinafine and it comes as a spray, gel, tablet or cream. The tablets are used for fungal nail infections and more serious symptoms of athlete’s foot. The cream, gel and spray are used for ringworm and minor cases of athlete's foot.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that affects your feet. It usually appears as itchy, white patches or cracked skin, mainly between the toes. Ringworm is another type of fungal infection. It causes a ring-shaped, red or silver rash to appear on your skin. Fungal nail infections cause the nails to become brittle and yellow, grey or brown.
How does Lamisil work?
The active ingredient in Lamisil is terbinafine. Terbinafine is part of a group of medicines called antifungals. Antifungals stop the fungus that’s growing on your body from reproducing.
Lamisil works by attacking a compound inside the fungus cells called ergosterol and creating too much of a compound called squalene. This makes the fungus unable to multiply and damages the membrane of the cells. Your body can then clear up any remaining infection.
What doses of Lamisil are there?
There are four types of Lamisil available. There’s a cream, a spray, a gel and 250mg tablets. The cream, spray and gel all contain 1% of the active ingredient terbinafine.
You’ll usually take the tablets once a day for anywhere between two weeks and six months, depending on your symptoms. The spray is used once a day for one week. The cream and gel are used one to two times a day for up to two weeks. Our clinician will help you find the right dose for you.