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27 September 2013

Econazole

Fungal and/or yeast infections are common on the skin and mucous membranes. Econazole is a medication used to treat such infections.

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Econazole is the active ingredient of Gyno-Pevaryl Depot ovules (Nappi code: 729752-003, 729841-007), Gyno-Pevaryl Depot vaginal cream (Nappi code: 832367-001, Pevaryl cream (Nappi code: 754498-018/026), Pevaryl powder (Nappi code: 833584-006) and Pevaryl spray solution (Nappi code: 800678-028).

General Information

Fungal and/or yeast infections are common on the skin and mucous membranes. Econazole is a medication used to treat such infections. These include ringworm, athlete's foot, jock itch and vaginal thrush.

Systemic side effects of econazole are minimal, but local irritation may occur if it is applied to broken skin.

How does econazole work?

Econazole interferes with the formation of cell membranes of species sensitive to the medication, thereby either inhibiting growth or killing the organism.

Fast facts

Drug schedule: schedule 1

Available as: econazole is available as topical cream, vaginal cream, ovules, powder and spray solution.

What does it do? Econazole kills fungal and yeast infections.

Overdose risk: low

Dependence risk: low

Is econazole available as a generic? no

Is econazole available on prescription only? no

User information

Onset of effect: within 2 days

Duration of action: up to 12 hours

Stopping this medicine: complete the full course as prescribed or recommended even if symptoms disappear before completion. Symptoms may recur with premature discontinuation.

Prolonged use: no problems expected with topical use.

Special precautions

Consult your doctor before using this drug if:

  • you have eczema

Pregnancy: avoid. Potential risk to the foetus has been reported. Consult your doctor before use, or if you are planning to fall pregnant.

Breastfeeding: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before use.

Porphyria: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your condition. Consult your doctor before use.

Infants and children: vaginal ovules not for girls under the age of 12 years.

The elderly: no special precautions need to be taken.

Driving and hazardous work: no special precautions need to be taken.

Alcohol: no special precautions need to be taken.

Possible side effects

Side effect Frequency
Consult your doctor

Common Rare Only if sever In all Cases
local Irratation x
x
burning x
x
rash
x x

Overdose action

A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of intentional large overdose, seek emergency medical attention.

Recommended dosage

Topical application: apply twice daily.


This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for informational purposes only. Please consult a physician for specific treatment and recommendations.

 
 

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