Gris-PEG

Generic name: Griseofulvin.

Other brand names: Fulvicin P/G, Fulvicin U/F, Grifulvin V, Grisactin.

Gris-PEG is an antifungal. It destroys and prevents the growth of fungi. 

Quick Facts About Gris-PEG

Purpose

Used to treat ringworm infections, including: athlete’s foot, and ringworm of the body, groin and thigh, nails, and scalp.

Gris-PEG Dosage

Take with food or whole milk to avoid stomach irritation and assist your body in absorbing this medication. Inform your doctor if you are on a low-fat diet Practice good oral hygiene to prevent and control infection. May observe relief in a few days; must take for an extended period.

  • Usual adult dose: for ringworm of the body, groin, thigh, and scalp — 375 milligrams per day as a single dose or divided into smaller doses. For athlete’s foot and ringworm of the nails — 750 milligrams per day divided into smaller doses. Treatment periods — ringworm of the scalp: 4 to 6 weeks; ringworm of the body: 2 to 4 weeks; ringworm of the fingernails: 4 months; ringworm of the toenails: 6 months; and athlete’s foot: 4 to 8 weeks.
  • Usual child dose: for ringworm of the scalp — 3.3 milligrams per pound of body weight per day in a single dose. Not prescribed for children 2 years and under.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Gris-PEG Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

no specific information available. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: hives, skin rashes.

Less common Gris-PEG side effects: confusion, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, headache, impairment of performance of daily routine, inability to fall or stay asleep, nausea, oral thrush (mouth inflammation), upper abdominal pain, vomiting. Rare side effects: swelling and itching of areas of skin, tingling sensation in hands and feet.

Interactions

Inform your doctor before combining Gris-PEG with:

blood thinners such as Coumadin, barbiturates such as phenobarbital, oral contraceptives. May decrease effectiveness of birth control pills.

Use alcohol with caution, may cause fast heartbeat and flushed skin; Gris-PEG may intensify the effects of alcohol.

Special Cautions

Do not take if pregnant If you become pregnant during Gris-PEG therapy, immediately contact your doctor; is potentially hazardous to the fetus. Consult with your doctor if breastfeeding.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Follow doctor’s instructions carefully for children. Not prescribed for children 2 years and under.

  • Do not take if you have liver damage or porphyria.
  • Should not take if sensitive to or allergic to this or similar medications, or penicillin.
  • Minimize exposure to intense natural or artificial sunlight.
  • If you develop lupus erythematosus or a lupus-like condition (arthritis, red butterfly rash over the nose and cheeks, tiredness, weakness, sensitivity to sunlight, skin eruptions), immediately contact your doctor.
  • Doctor should monitor kidneys, liver, and blood cell production if taking this medication over an extended period.
  • Gris-PEG does not prevent fungal infections.

Note:

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