written by: Lashan Clarke•edited by: Diana Cooper•updated: 10/30/2009
Griseofulvin is a drug to treat fungal infections. It works in a similar way to an antibiotic to treat bacterial infections. Find out more information on the side effects of griseofulvin.
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Griseofulvin is a type of medication used in the treatment of fungus and fungal infections. It works in a similar way to an antibiotic to treat bacterial infections. Griseofulvin is taken orally, which means it is swallowed as a tablet or liquid form when a fungal infection has taken place. The type of fungal infections it is used to treat include athlete's foot or ringworm.
When the physician has prescribed this medication, it is important to take the dosage as prescribed, and as long as the physician states. Otherwise, the fungal infection will not clear, even though it might seem you already feel better.
The dosage will vary depending on our symptoms, but a full glass of water is needed with each dose in tablet form. If you have been given the liquid form of this medication, ensure it is properly measured to achieve the correct dose. If a dose of this medication is missed, in certain circumstances it should be okay to quickly take that dose when you remember, and then return back to the regular dosing schedule.
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Side Effects of Griseofulvin
In general, the serious side effects of griseofulvin occur if you are allergic to this drug. An allergic reaction may produce symptoms such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat and tongue, hives, and dizziness. These symptoms are possible in any allergic reation, but if any of these serious symptoms occur, stop taking the medication immediately and seek emergency attention.
The more minor side effects of griseofulvin include nausea and vomiting. In some patients this might be accompanied by diarrhea. There have also been reports of dizziness and fatigue. Women can experience problems with their monthly menstrual cycle if they have a reaction to this medication.
Other side effects may also include insomnia, and this further contributes to the feeling of fatigue. Since this is an antifungal medication, some people may develop a yeast infection in their mouth called thrush. Pregnant or nursing mothers should not take griseofulvin without first speaking to their doctor.