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Why has my veterinarian prescribed Terbinafine?
Terbinafine is prescribed for dogs and cats primarily to treat dermatophytic infections, or fungi that cause hair, skin, and nail infections. Terbinafine may also be useful for treating birds with certain systemic infections. The trade name for Terbinafine is Lamisil®.
What should I talk to my veterinarian about before giving my pet this medication?
Talk to your veterinarian about any required rechecks while on this medication and what tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug. Also ask your veterinarian about the risks and benefits of using this drug. Be sure to tell your veterinarian about all medicines and supplements that you give your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet's medicines can be given together.
Pets that should not take this medication include animals:
Let your veterinarian know if your pet is pregnant, nursing, or if you plan to breed your pet.
How do I give Terbinafine?
First, READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
Give Terbinafine to your pet as directed by your veterinarian.
DO NOT give your pet more medicine than directed.
DO NOT give your pet medicine more often than prescribed.
Giving this medication with food may enhance the absorption.
If I miss a dose, what do I do?
If you miss a dose, give it to your pet as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, then continue with the regular dosing schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.
How do I store Terbinafine?
Keep this medicine out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
Store this medication in a childproof container at room temperature in a dry, cool place. Keep this medicine away from heat and direct sunlight.
What are the potential side effects of Terbinafine?
While there is limited experience with this medication, Terbinafine appears to be very well tolerated.
The most common side effects are vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea.
What about possible drug interactions?
Terbinafine may interact with: cyclosporine, rifampin, beta-blockers MAO inhibitors, such as amitraz and selegiline, fluoxetine, and tricyclic antidepressants.
What about overdosing?
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the prescribed amount.