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What is Luliconazole?

Luliconazole is a novel antifungal agent that belongs to the family imidazole. Luliconazole is used to treat broad-spectrum fungal infections. Luliconazole is beneficial for the treatment of skin infections caused by dermatophytes. Due to the unique molecular structure of Luliconazole, it can penetrate the nail bed and attain fungicidal concentrations there. So, Luliconazole can also treat onychomycosis (fungal infection of nails). Luliconazole arrests the growth of fungi and kills them by altering the chemical composition of their cell membrane.

What are the Uses of Luliconazole?

Luliconazole can be used to treat fungal infections of the skin as well as nails. Luliconazole is used to treat Athlete’s foot that involves feet and interdigital area (Tinea Pedis) and Jock itch that includes groin and buttock area (Tinea Cruris) in adults and children up to the age of 12 years. Luliconazole is also useful to treat ringworm infections (Tinea Corporis) in adults and children who are at least two years old.

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What are the side effects of Luliconazole?

Some common side effects associated with the use of Luliconazole include:

  • Skin irritation.
  • Burning sensation.
  • Rash/Itching.
  • Diarrhea and nausea.
  • Swelling.

Serious side effects associated with the use of Luliconazole are rare and includes:

  • Severe allergic reaction.
  • Muscle Pain.
  • Decreased heart rate.
  • Lack of energy.

The chances of developing a severe allergic reaction to Luliconazole are negligible. But if any of the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction like swelling of the throat, face, tongue, difficulty in breathing, and dizziness appear, one must immediately seek medical attention.

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FAQ's

1. What precautions should I take while using Luliconazole?

In case of a history of allergic reactions to Luliconazole or any other antifungal agent of the Imidazole family, the usage of Luliconazole must be under the direct supervision of healthcare professionals. Additional precautions are necessary while using Luliconazole during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Health care professionals must be aware of any other prescribed medication that you are taking.

2. How to use Luliconazole?

For treatment of Athlete's Foot, apply a thin layer of Luliconazole on the affected area and 1 inch of surrounding healthy skin. Apply it once every day for two weeks. In cases of ringworm infection or jock itch, apply it on the affected area and 1 inch of surrounding healthy skin. Use it once every day for one week. After every use, wash hands with soap.

3. Can Luliconazole be used on the face?

Luliconazole is an antifungal agent for external use. So, it is safe to use on the face, but avoid any contact with the eyes, nose, and mouth. After every application, wash hands thoroughly to prevent ingestion of residue after application.

4. Can I use Luliconazole during pregnancy?

The safety of Luliconazole usage during pregnancy is not very clear. Hence, avoid using Luliconazole during pregnancy. Usage during pregnancy must be under the supervision of healthcare professionals. They can evaluate its benefit against the risk associated with Luliconazole usage.

5. Is Luliconazole effective?

Various clinical studies have proved that Luliconazole is effective against dermatophytosis. Luliconazole is also effective in short-term usage against Tinea Corporis and Tinea Cruris (1 week). It is also effective for the treatment of Tinea Pedis when used for two weeks.

6. Can I get Luliconazole in pill form?

Luliconazole is a topical cream that is available for external usage only. It is not available in pill form. Luliconazole cream, if ingested, may cause breathing difficulty and severe allergic reactions. In case of accidental ingestion, seek immediate help.

7. Is Luliconazole Fungistatic or Fungicidal?

Luliconazole is a fungicidal agent which attacks the cell membrane of fungi. Disruption in the cell membrane inhibits the overall growth of fungi and kills them.

Luliconazole is an antifungal agent for topical use only. Hence, its use for vaginal fungal infections is not advisable and can be done only under particular circumstances. Its usage in the vaginal area must be under the guidance of healthcare professionals.

8. Can I use Luliconazole cream for vaginal infections?

Luliconazole should be kept in its container. Close the cap tightly after every use. Store away from direct sunlight. Store away from moisture and direct heat. Avoid storing it in bathrooms.

9. How should I Store Luliconazole?

Various studies have indicated that both Luliconazole and Ketoconazole are equally effective against Malassezia. Both antifungal agents can also help in the treatment of Pityriasis Versicolor. But for shorter durations, Luliconazole is found to be more effective than Ketoconazole. Call our medical experts at Yashoda Hospitals to know more about the necessary precautions, uses, dosages and side effects of Luliconazole.

 

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