Tolnaftate is the active ingredient Tinaderm cream (Nappi code:
Tolnaftate is an antifungal medication. Antifungals are drugs that clear and
counter fungal infections.
In South Africa it is registered for the treatment of the superficial fungal
For this medication to be effective, it has to be applied regularly, even if
you do not notice an immediate effect. It is advised not to discontinue
treatment before the recommended course has been completed, otherwise the
original infection may return.
How does tolnaftate work?
Tolnaftate interferes with the formation of cell membranes of species
sensitive to the medication, thereby either inhibiting growth or killing the
Drug schedule: schedule 0
Available as: tolnaftate is available as topical cream.
What does it do? Tolnaftate clears and counters fungal infections.
Overdose risk: low
Dependence risk: low
Is tolnaftate available as a generic? no
Is tolnaftate available on prescription only? no
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.
Consult your doctor before using this drug if:
- you have had allergic reactions to other antifungal medications
Pregnancy: presumed safe - speak to doctor before use.
Breastfeeding: presumed safe - speak to doctor before use.
Porphyria: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your
condition. Consult your doctor before use.
Infants and children: no special precautions need to be taken.
The elderly: no special precautions need to be taken.
Driving and hazardous work: no special precautions need to be
Alcohol: no special precautions need to be taken.
Possible side effects
| Side effect
|| Consult your doctor |
|| Only if severe
|| In all cases|
A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of intentional large
overdose, seek emergency medical attention.
Topical application: apply twice daily for 2 - 3 weeks.
This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for
informational purposes only.
Please consult a physician for specific treatment and