Contains the active ingredient terbinafine hydrochloride
Consumer Medicine Information
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This leaflet answers some common questions about GenRx Terbinafine
It does not contain information about other forms of terbinafine that are available without a prescription from your pharmacy.
It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
The information in this leaflet was last updated on the date listed on the last page. More recent information on this medicine may be available.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist:
You can also download the most up to date leaflet from www.apotex.com.au.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking terbinafine against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
Pharmaceutical companies cannot give you medical advice or an individual diagnosis.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may want to read it again.
This medicine is used to treat:
These infections are caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
It is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Terbinafine works by killing dermatophytes.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
This medicine should not be used in children.
Do not take this medicine if:
Before you start taking this medicine, tell your doctor if:
Some medicines may interact with terbinafine. These include:
If you are taking any of these you may need a different dose or you may need to take different medicines.
Other medicines not listed above may also interact with terbinafine.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor.
Their instructions may be different to the information contained in this leaflet.
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine you should take. This will depend on your condition and whether you are taking any other medicines.
Do not stop taking your medicine or change your dosage without first checking with your doctor.
The usual dose of terbinafine is one tablet (250 mg) taken once each day.
Swallow the tablet with a full glass of water. If you find that terbinafine upsets your stomach, try taking it immediately after a light meal.
Take your medicine at about the same time each day. Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.
Take your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you. Do not take it for longer than this.
Make sure you have enough to last over weekends and holidays.
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed. This may increase the chance of you experiencing side effects.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much of this medicine, immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (Tel: 13 11 26 in Australia) for advice. Alternatively, go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine if:
Your doctor may occasionally do tests to make sure the medicine is working and to prevent side effects.
Go to your doctor regularly for a check-up.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you take this medicine.
Be careful driving or operating machinery or doing jobs that require you to be alert while you are taking terbinafine until you know how it affects you.
This medicine may cause dizziness, light-headedness, tiredness, and drowsiness in some people. If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.
Be careful to keep the infected areas dry and cool and change clothing that is in direct contact with the infected areas every day.
This will help to clear up the infection and make sure it does not return.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking terbinafine or if you have any questions or concerns.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them. All medicines have side effects. Sometimes they are serious but most of the time they are not.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following:
The above are serious side effects that need medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell. Some people may have other side effects not yet known or mentioned in this leaflet.
Keep your tablets in the pack until it is time to take them. If you take the tablets out of the pack they may not keep well.
Keep your tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store terbinafine or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or the expiry date has passed, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.
GenRx Terbinafine are round, white, scored tablets, with "APO" engraved on one side and "TER" over "250" on the other side.
GenRx Terbinafine is available in packs of 42 tablets.
GenRx Terbinafine: Aust R 100025
GenRx Terbinafine contains 250 mg of the active ingredient terbinafine, (as the hydrochloride salt).
It also contains:
This medicine does not contain lactose, sucrose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
Apotex Pty Ltd
16 Giffnock Avenue
Macquarie Park NSW 2113
GenRx is a registered trade mark of Apotex Pty Ltd.
This leaflet was updated in January 2013.
Published by MIMS April 2013