Generic name: Sertaconazole nitrateBrand names: Ertaczo
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.
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 Ertaczo"), notify your doctor immediately and discontinue your medication.
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.
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.
You should not take Ertaczo if you are allergic to it or to related antifungal medications known as imidazoles.
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.
Interactions between Ertaczo and other medications have not been studied.
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 Ertaczo is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop nursing until your treatment is finished.
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.