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Sertaconazole nitrate

Brand names: Ertaczo

Why is Sertaconazole nitrate prescribed?

Ertaczo cream 2% is used for the treatment of athlete's foot infection that occurs between the toes. Athlete's foot is the common name for a skin condition caused by infection with any of three types of fungus: Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, or Epidermophyton floccosum.

Most important fact about Sertaconazole nitrate

Do not stop treatment, even if it looks like the infection has cleared. It is important that you continue to use Ertaczo for the prescribed period to make sure the infection does not return. If your symptoms worsen or you develop signs of an allergic reaction (see "Special warnings about Sertaconazole nitrate"), notify your doctor immediately and discontinue your medication.

How should you take Sertaconazole nitrate?

Ertaczo is applied to the affected skin twice daily, as well as the healthy skin immediately next to the infected area. The skin must first be dried thoroughly. Be sure to wash your hands immediately after applying Ertaczo.

  • If you miss a dose...Apply the forgotten dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
  • Storage instructions...Store at room temperature.

What side effects may occur?

Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe to continue using Ertaczo. Side effects may includemild local skin reactions.

Why should Sertaconazole nitrate not be prescribed?

You should not take Ertaczo if you are allergic to it or to related antifungal medications known as imidazoles.

Special warnings about Sertaconazole nitrate

Ertaczo may only be applied to the skin. Do not use it in the eyes, mouth, or vagina.

Discontinue treatment and tell your doctor if your symptoms worsen or if you develop irrritation, redness, itching, burning, blistering, swelling, or oozing where you applied Ertaczo.

If you do not notice any improvement after 2 weeks following the treatment period, tell your doctor.

Do not cover the affected area with bandages unless your doctor tells you to.

Ertaczo has not been tested in children under the age of 12 or in patients with weakened immune systems.

Possible food and drug interactions when taking Sertaconazole nitrate

Interactions between Ertaczo and other medications have not been studied.

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

The effects of Ertaczo during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.

It is not known whether Ertaczo appears in human breast milk. If Sertaconazole nitrate is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop nursing until your treatment is finished.

Recommended dosage for Sertaconazole nitrate

Ertaczo should be applied twice a day for 4 weeks, or for as long as your doctor prescribes. You are likely to notice a decrease in itching after 1 week.


Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, or if you swallow Ertaczo, seek medical attention immediately.

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