1 What is Ertaczo?

Brand: Ertaczo

Generic: Sertaconazole

Ertaczo is antifungal drug used for the treatment of fungal infections. This drug kills fungi by blocking the synthesis of ergosterol which is a vital component of the fungal cell membrane. This drug is applied to your skin to treat athlete's foot.

This drug requires a prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Ertaczo, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications.

This drug has not been reported to cause different side effects or problems in children than it does in adults. This drug is recommended for use in children 12 years of age and older. It is still unknown whether this drug works exactly the same way in younger adults. This drug is not expected to cause different side effects or problems in older people than it does in younger adults.

Adverse effects have been reported in animal studies but studies in pregnant women or animals are still inadequate. Infant risk is still undetermined when taking this drug during breastfeeding.

Discuss with your healthcare professional about the risks and benefits of this drug before breastfeeding. Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs prescription or non-prescription drugs. Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco. Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems.

3 Proper Usage

Ertaczo must be used exactly as directed by your healthcare professional. To prevent any side effects, take this drug exactly as directed in the label or as prescribed by your healthcare professional.

Proper hand washing is recommended before using this drug. Sertaconazole is for external use only and avoid any unnecessary contact with your eyes, nose, mouth and other mucus membranes.

This drug must be taken for the full time of treatment to ensure complete drug therapy and prevent any relapses. Refrain from using bandages or gauze unless otherwise directed by your specialist.

The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.

Adults with athlete's foot are advised to apply enough sertaconazole to cover the affected and surrounding skin areas and rub in gently. Children over the age of 12 should apply enough sertaconazole to cover the affected and surrounding skin areas and rub in gently. A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible.

However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose. Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children. Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.

4 Precautions to Take

In using Ertaczo, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor.

If the area of application shows signs of increased skin irritation, redness, itching, burning, blistering, swelling or oozing, contact your healthcare professional immediately. Consult with your healthcare professional immediately, if your symptoms are not improving or if your conditions become worse in 2 weeks.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Ertaczo.

Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur. Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as blistering, burning, crusting, dryness or flaking of skin itching, redness, skin rash, swelling, or soreness at application site, darkening of skin, dry skin, flushing and redness of skin, scaling, severe redness, soreness or swelling of skin, peeling or loosening of skin, skin tenderness, or unusually warm skin.

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists, or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.