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Econazole nitrate

Brand names: Spectazole Cream

Why is Econazole nitrate prescribed?

Spectazole cream is prescribed for fungal skin diseases commonly called ringworm (tinea). It is used to treat athlete's foot (tinea pedis), jock itch (tinea cruris), a fungus infection of the entire body (tinea corporis), and a skin infection that causes yellow- or brown-colored skin eruptions (tinea versicolor). It is also prescribed for yeast infections of the skin caused by Candida fungus (cutaneous candidiasis).

Most important fact about Econazole nitrate

Do not use Spectazole in or near the eyes.

How should you take Econazole nitrate?

Use Spectazole Cream exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

Continue using the medication for the full time prescribed even if your symptoms have been relieved.

When applied, the cream should completely cover the affected area.

  • If you miss a dose...Apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule.
  • Storage instructions...Store at room temperature.

What side effects may occur?

Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine whether it is safe for you to continue using Spectazole.

  • Side effects may include:Burning, itching, skin redness, stinging

Why should Econazole nitrate not be prescribed?

Spectazole Cream should not be used if you are sensitive to it or have ever had an allergic reaction to any of its ingredients.

Special warnings about Econazole nitrate

If you develop an irritation or an allergic reaction to Spectazole, stop using the cream and inform your doctor.

Spectazole is only for external use.

Possible food and drug interactions when taking Econazole nitrate

No interactions have been reported.

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Spectazole should be used during the first trimester (3 months) of pregnancy only if it is essential to your health, and during the remainder of your pregnancy only if your doctor feels it is clearly needed. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Spectazole may appear in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If Econazole nitrate is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding until your treatment with Spectazole is finished.

Recommended dosage for Econazole nitrate


Apply sufficient Spectazole Cream to completely cover the affected area once a day. Athlete's foot is treated for 1 month; jock itch and tinea corporis are treated for 2 weeks. Tinea versicolor is usually treated for 2 weeks.


Apply sufficient Spectazole Cream to completely cover the affected area 2 times a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Cutaneous candidiasis is treated for 2 weeks.


Although no specific information is available on Spectazole Cream overdosage, any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

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