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Last Updated 15 Oct 2012

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Pevaryl 1% cream

Pevaryl (pev-ar-rill) is a medicine which is used in fungal skin infections. Pevaryl contains econazole nitrate. It is supplied by Janssen-Cilag Ltd.

The information in this Medicine Guide for Pevaryl varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.

Pevaryl 1% cream

Information specific to Pevaryl 1% cream when used in fungal skin infections

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Your medicine

Pevaryl works by killing certain types of fungi. It is used to treat many types of fungal infections.

Do not share your medicine with other people. It may not be suitable for them and may harm them.

The pharmacy label on your medicine tells you how much medicine you should use. It also tells you how often you should use your medicine. This is the dose that you and your prescriber have agreed you should use. You should not change the dose of your medicine unless you are told to do so by your prescriber.

If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber.

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When to take your medicine

Some medicines work best if they are taken at a specific time of day. Getting the most from your medicine can also be affected by the times at which you take other medicines.

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How to take your medicine

Some medicines have specific instructions about how to take them. This is because they work better when taken correctly. These instructions can include getting the right dose and special instructions for preparing the medicine.

In the case of Pevaryl:

  • detailed advice on how to use Pevaryl can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicine
  • rub the cream well into the affected area of the skin. Continue application until all skin lesions are healed
  • if you are using Pevaryl to treat a nail infection, the area where the cream has been applied should be covered with a dressing
  • take care not to get Pevaryl in your eyes or mouth. If this medicine accidentally gets into the eye it is important that the eye is washed out immediately with clean water or saline and seek medical advice if any symptoms persist
  • this medicine is for external use only

If you are having problems taking this form of Pevaryl, you should talk to your prescriber or pharmacist. They may be able to give you advice on other ways to take your medicine or other preparations that are easier for you to take.

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Taking too much of your medicine

Taking extra doses of some medicines can be harmful. In some cases even one extra dose can cause you problems. If you take extra doses of your medicine, you must get medical advice immediately. This is because the effects of taking too much medicine are very complex so it is very important that you seek medical advice.

Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or call 111 for advice.

Make sure you take all of your medicine containers with you if you are advised to go to hospital.

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Stopping your medicine

Suddenly stopping your medicine may cause your original condition to return. This is why you must speak to your prescriber if you are having any problems using your medicine.

If you are not having any problems taking this medicine then do not stop using it, even if you feel better, unless advised to do so by your prescriber.

If you are in any doubt, contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or call 111.

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Looking after your medicine

The instructions on how you should keep your medicine are on the pharmacy label. You should keep your medicine in the original container. This will help to keep your medicine in the best condition and also allow you to check the instructions. Do not take the medicine if the packaging appears to have been tampered with or if the medicine shows any signs of damage. Make sure that the medicine is out of the sight and reach of children.

In the case of Pevaryl:

  • do not store in temperatures above 25°C

You must not take the medicine after the expiry date shown on the packaging. If you have any unused medicine, return it to your pharmacist who will dispose of it safely.

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Whether this medicine is suitable for you

Pevaryl is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:

Over time it is possible that Pevaryl can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Pevaryl has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.

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Side-effects

A medicine is only made available to the public if the clinical trials have shown that the benefits of taking the medicine outweigh the risks.

Once a medicine has been licensed, information on the medicine's effects, both intended and unintended, is continuously recorded and updated.

Some side-effects may be serious while others may only be a mild inconvenience.

Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. It is difficult to predict which side-effects you will have from taking a particular medicine, or whether you will have any side-effects at all. The important thing is to tell your prescriber or pharmacist if you are having problems with your medicine.

Common: More than 1 in 100 people who use Pevaryl:

Uncommon: More than 1 in 1000 people who use Pevaryl:

  • redness of the skin
  • skin problems such as discomfort or swelling

The frequency of these side-effects is unknown:

  • angioedema
  • blisters
  • certain types of dermatitis
  • hypersensitivity reactions such as skin irritation you must seek medical advice if you develop irritation or any signs of hypersensitivity
  • skin exfoliation
  • skin rash or rashes
  • urticaria

If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, you will need to seek advice. If you feel very ill, get medical help straight away. Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, nurse or call 111.

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Taking other medicines

If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. At times your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, in other cases this may not be appropriate.

The decision to use medicines that interact depends on your specific circumstances. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, if it is believed that the benefits of taking the medicines together outweigh the risks. In such cases, it may be necessary to alter your dose or monitor you more closely.

Tell your prescriber the names of all the medicines that you are taking so that they can consider all possible interactions. This includes all the medicines which have been prescribed by your GP, hospital doctor, dentist, nurse, health visitor, midwife or pharmacist. You must also tell your prescriber about medicines which you have bought over the counter without prescriptions.

The following medicines may interact with Pevaryl:

The following types of medicine may interact with Pevaryl:

If you are taking Pevaryl and one of the above medicines or types of medicines, make sure your prescriber knows about it.

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Complementary preparations and vitamins

Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.

If you are planning to take or are already taking any complementary preparations and vitamins you should ask your prescriber whether there are any known interactions with Pevaryl.

Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.

If you experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine in combination with complementary preparations and vitamins, you should tell your prescriber.

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Driving and operating machinery

When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.

Like all medicines Pevaryl can cause side effects. You should see how this medicine affects you and then judge if you are safe to drive or operate machinery. If you are in any doubt, talk to your prescriber.

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Diet

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your prescriber may advise you to avoid certain foods.

In the case of Pevaryl:

  • there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when using Pevaryl
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Alcohol

Alcohol can interact with certain medicines.

In the case of Pevaryl:

  • there are no known interactions between alcohol and Pevaryl
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Family planning and pregnancy

Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.

In the case of Pevaryl:

  • the use of this medicine during pregnancy is not recommended. You should only use this medicine during pregnancy if your doctor thinks that you need it

You need to discuss your specific circumstances with your doctor to weigh up the overall risks and benefits of taking this medicine. You and your doctor can make a decision about whether you are going to take this medicine during pregnancy.

If the decision is that you should not have Pevaryl, then you should discuss whether there is an alternative medicine that you could take during pregnancy.

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Breast-feeding

Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.

In the case of Pevaryl:

  • women who are breast-feeding must not use this medicine

For information about Pevaryl and breast-feeding, contact your prescriber.

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Ingredients of your medicine

Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. They are also added to improve the medicine's appearance and to make it easier to use. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.

Pevaryl contains:

  • benzoic acid (E210)
  • butylated hydroxyanisole (E320)
  • flower perfume 4074
  • liquid paraffin
  • peglicol-5-oleate
  • pegoxyl-7-stearate
  • purified water

If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Pevaryl before, do not use Pevaryl. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.

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Pevaryl, Version 8, last updated 15 Oct 2012