What should I know about terbinafine before taking it?

Terbinafine should not be used in children under four years of age. If you are taking terbinafine, you should advise your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, lupus or psoriasis. Certain individuals have developed serious liver damage while taking terbinafine, but it has not been proven whether this drug was the sole cause of the damage. The following drugs may interact with terbinafine: cimetidine, rifampin, other antifungal antibiotics, blood thinners, heart rhythm medication, SSRI antidepressants, tricyclic antidepressants, MAO inhibitors and beta-blockers. Terbinafine is not known to be harmful to the fetus, but it can be passed through breast milk. Regarding topical terbinafine, discontinue using this medicine and check with your doctor if increased irritation or possible sensitization (redness, itching, burning, blistering, swelling or oozing) occurs while using the medication. If your skin problem does not improve within four to seven weeks, or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor.

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