1 What is Naftin?

Brand: Naftin, Naftin-MP

Generic: Naftifine

Topical Naftin is used in treating fungal infections by targeting the fungus and preventing its growth.

Have a question aboutFungal Infections?Ask a doctor now

2 What to Know Before Using

If you are about to start Naftin, speak with your doctor about what you need to know. The risks must be weighed against its benefits.

Before using this, you and your doctor must consider the following:

  • Allergies: If you have any unusual reaction to any medicine, be sure to tell your doctor about it. Additionally, disclose other types of allergies - food, preservatives, animals, or dyes, if there are any. Read the package ingredients carefully and make sure you are not allergic to any of its ingredients.
  • Pediatric: There are no appropriate studies done in pediatric age; safety and efficacy are not established.
  • Geriatric: While there are no appropriate on the relationship of the effects of naftifine cream in the geriatric population, no specific problems have been documented.
  • Pregnancy: Studies done in animals do not reveal any evidence that this drug might harm the fetus. Nevertheless, no adequate studies are done in pregnant women.
  • Breastfeeding: No studies are done that would determine the drug’s risk to a breastfeeding infant. When using this drug, weigh the benefits against the potential risks prior to using this drug while breastfeeding.
  • Drug Interactions: Certain medicines have adverse effects when used together. Nevertheless, it is still possible to take other medicines when using this drug. Make sure to inform your doctor about other drugs you are taking, so that alterations and precautions will be made if necessary.Using this medicine with certain medicines needs utmost caution because the combination may result in certain side effects. Before using this drug, talk to your doctor about possible interactions if you are taking other medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.

3 Proper Usage

To use Naftin properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. Be careful not to let the medicine get in contact with the eyes or around the eye area, the nose area, mouth, or vagina. Do not use on broken skin. Rinse off immediately when it comes to contact to these areas.

Before using this medicine on skin problems other than indicated, consult your doctor first. This medicine can only be used on certain fungal infections of the skin, and not to be used on viral or bacterial infections.

Apply thinly over the affected area and rub in gently until absorbed by the skin. Do not wrap, bandage or apply any airtight covering after applying unless directed by your doctor, or the chance for side effects and irritation may increase. Use the medicine for the prescribed length of treatment to make sure the infection clears up completely, regardless if the symptoms clear up after a few doses.

Do not miss any doses. Do not increase the dose, use it more often, or use it for a longer time than what your doctor ordered.


Follow your doctor’s orders when it comes to dosage. The following information is only for the average dosage of this drug. The number of doses, the number of hours between doses, and how long you will take this drug depend on your health condition, your progress, and how well you react to this medicine.

For fungal infections in adults (topical cream 1% and 2%), apply cream to the affected area, and the skin surrounding it, once a day for two weeks. Dosage will be determined by your doctor for children 12 years old and younger. For fungal infections in adults, when using topical gel 1%, apply in the morning and at night. For 2% gel solution, apply once a day for 2 weeks.

Missed Dose

Apply the missed dose as soon as possible. In case it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one and follow your regular dosing schedule.


Keep the medicine in an airtight container at normal room temperature. Keep it away from direct light, heat, and moisture. Do not let it freeze. Keep the medicine out of children’s reach. Throw away any outdated medicine or medicine that is not in use.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Naftin, there are some precautions you must take. Regular checkups are important to see your progress or if the medicine is working properly. If the symptoms do not improve in 4 weeks or become worse, consult your doctor.

Talk with your doctor if you have burning, stinging, and swelling sensations, or skin rash, or irritation after applying for this medicine. Do not use naftifine for other skin problems not indicated.

5 Potential Side Effects

Naftin may cause a few unwanted side effects, including:

  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Skin irritation

These side effects may not occur at all, but if they do, you may need to seek medical attention. Consult your doctor if any side effects get bothersome. You may also ask your doctor for some advice on how to minimize the unwanted effects of this drug.