1 What is Oxistat?

Brand: Oxistat

Generic: Oxiconazole

Oxistat is an antifungal used for the treatment of fungal infections. This drug kills fungi by interfering with ergosterol synthesis. This drug requires a prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Oxistat, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. 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 shown to cause different side effects or problems in children than in adults. Children below the age of 12 seldom have ringworm infection. 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.

Indications of harm to the fetus have not been reported in animal studies while risks to the fetus have not been demonstrated in studies of pregnant women. Infant risk is still undetermined when using this drug during breastfeeding. Discuss with your healthcare professional about the potential risks and benefits of taking this drug while 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 prescription or nonprescription 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.

3 Proper Usage

To use Oxistat properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. The affected and surrounding skin areas and should be applied with this drug. Avoid any form of contact with the eyes, nose, mouth, and other mucous membranes. Using this drug in the vagina is not recommended. Your hands must be washed after application to affected areas.

Keep using this drug for the full time of treatment to ensure complete drug therapy and prevent any relapses. Fungal infections take a long time to clear up and you may have to continue using this drug every day for several weeks or more. 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 and children with ringworm of the body or groin are advised to use 1 or 2 times a day for at least 2 weeks.
  • Adults and children with athlete's foot are advised to apply 1 or 2 times a day for at least 4 weeks.
  • Adults and children with ringworm of the trunk are advised to use once a day for at least 2 weeks.

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 drug 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 Oxistat, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor. Check with your healthcare professional if your skin problem does not improve or if it becomes worse within 2 to 4 weeks. It is recommended to practice good health habits to help clear up your infection completely and prevent any relapses.

Wearing underwear that is tight-fitting or made from synthetic materials is not recommended if you are using this drug for ringworm of the groin. You will be advised to wear loose-fitting, cotton underwear. A bland, absorbent powder or an antifungal powder must be used on the skin between the times you use this drug.

The feet must be carefully dried, especially between the toes, after bathing. Wearing socks made from wool or synthetic materials should be avoided if you are using this drug for athlete’s foot.

It is recommended to wear clean, cotton socks and change them daily or more often if the feet sweat a lot. Wear sandals or other well-ventilated shoes. 

Use a bland, absorbent powder or an antifungal powder between the toes, on the feet, and in socks and shoes 1 or 2 times a day. It is best to use the powder between the times you use this drug. Check with your healthcare professional for any concerns.

5 Potential Side Effects

Make sure you meet with your doctor in using Oxistat to avoid unwanted potential side effects. 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. 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.