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griseofulvin (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking griseofulvin (Fulvicin P/G, Fulvicin U/F, Grifulvin V, Gris-PEG)?

You should not use griseofulvin if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • liver failure;
  • porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system); or
  • if you are pregnant.

To make sure you can safely take griseofulvin, tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

  • liver disease;
  • heart disease;
  • lupus; or
  • an allergy to penicillin.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether griseofulvin will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether griseofulvin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take griseofulvin (Fulvicin P/G, Fulvicin U/F, Grifulvin V, Gris-PEG)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Griseofulvin works best if you take it with foods that are high in fat.

Take this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Griseofulvin will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure the liquid with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

If you use this medication long-term, your blood will need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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