Buy Lamisil Cream from Canadian & International Pharmacies
Lamisil Cream (Terbinafine Hydrochloride)and/or alternatives
Lamisil 1% from $1.50 USD/gramLamisil 1%
Marketed as Lamisil AT in European Union
Manufactured by: Novartis
Product of United Kingdom. Shipped from United KingdomRxPrescription Required
Lamisil 1% is currently unavailable from India
Terbinafine Hydrochloride 1% from $0.63 USD/gramTerbinafine Hydrochloride 1%
Generic Alternative to Lamisil Cream
Marketed as Sedifin Cream in India
Manufactured by: Sun Pharma
Product of India. Shipped from IndiaRxPrescription Required
General Information on Lamisil Cream
Terabinafine is the generic name of Lamisil Cream, which is used primarily for treating fungal infection of toenails and fingernails. The active ingredient in Lamisil Cream is terbinafine hydrochloride, which essentially interferes with the functioning of the cell membranes of the fungi or yeast and kills them. Terbinafine hydrochloride in Lamisil Cream stops the production of ergosterol by the fungi. Ergosterol is an important part of the fungi's cell membrane. This aids the proper treatment of the fungal infection. You can buy Lamisil Cream as on over the counter product, however it is recommended that you consult your doctor or skin specialist before using it. Some of the other ingredients in Lamisil Cream include sodium starch glycolate NF, colloidal silicon dioxide NF, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose USP, magnesium stearate NF, and microcrystalline cellulose NF.
Side effects of Lamisil Cream
Lamisil Cream is prescribed for treating fungal infections of the toenails and fingernails, but it can lead to a few side effects. Most side effects of terbinafine are not hazardous and can easily be controlled. Some of the most common side effects of this cream include allergic reactions near the area of administration as well as anywhere on the body. The symptoms of allergic reactions include redness of the skin, swelling, itching, stinging of the skin near the area of application, and hives, rashes, and blistering. These symptoms wane over time, but if the condition persists, then it is important to consult a doctor.
Since it is an over the counter medication, you can easily buy Lamisil Cream for fungal treatment. One of the things that you need to remember is that Lamisil Cream should not be used for treating all types of fungal problems as its use is restricted to Athlete's foot, ringworm, and jock itch. Using it for other fungal infections can lead to other skin problems that may require extensive medical treatment. The second important aspect to consider is whether you are allergic to any of the ingredients in this cream. You need to also inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Lamisil Cream needs to be kept away from children.
Lamisil Cream Dosage
Lamisil Cream is available in 15g and 30g packs. You can initially start with the Lamisil Cream 15g pack. You need to first clean the area to be treated thoroughly and then apply a thin layer of the cream in and around the area of the fungal infection. The recommended frequency of use is twice daily, and you need to wash your hands before and after application. You can increase the dosage only if advised to do so by your doctor. The dosage as well as the period of treatment depends on the type and severity of the infection. An overdose and sudden discontinuation of Lamisil Cream is not advised.
Lamisil Cream is not known to interact with other drugs, although doctors advise that it should not be used if you have a weak immune system or if you are on drugs like corticosteroids, cyclosporine, and prednisone.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain comparable active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must be comparable in strength and dosage to the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
The two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.