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GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (Ireland) Ltd

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (Ireland) Ltd

Summary of Product Characteristics last updated on 3/11/2016

Lamisil 1% w/w Cream


Lamisil 1% w/w Cream


Terbinafine hydrochloride 1.0% w/w.

Excipients: Each gram of cream contains 40 mg cetyl alcohol and 40 mg stearyl alcohol.

For a full list of excipients, see section 6.1.



White, smooth or almost smooth, glossy cream.


4.1 Therapeutic indications

Fungal infections of the skin caused by Trichophyton (eg. T. rubrum, T. mentagrophytes, T. verrucosum, T. violaceum), Microsporum canis and Epidermophyton floccosum.

Yeast infections of the skin, principally those caused by the genus Candida (e.g. C. albicans).

Pityriasis (tinea) versicolor due to Pityrosporum orbiculare (also known as Malassezia furfur).

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Lamisil can be applied once or twice daily depending on the indication.

Duration and frequency of treatment

The likely duration of treatment are as follows:

Tinea pedis:

Tinea corporis, cruris:

Cutaneous candidiasis:

Pityriasis versicolor:

Once a day for 1 week

Once a day for 1 week

Once or twice a day for 1 to 2 weeks

Once or twice a day for 2 weeks

Relief of clinical symptoms usually occurs within a few days. Irregular use or premature discontinuation of treatment carries the risk of recurrence. If there are no signs of improvement after two weeks the diagnosis should be verified.

Dosing in special populations:


The experience with topical Lamisil in children is still limited and its use cannot therefore be recommended.

Elderly patients

There is no evidence to suggest that elderly patients require different dosages or experience side effects different to those of younger patients.

Method of Administration:

For cutaneous use.

Cleanse and dry the affected areas thoroughly before application of Lamisil. Apply the cream to the affected skin and surrounding area in a thin layer and rub in lightly. In the case of intertriginous infections (submammary, interdigital, intergluteal, inguinal) the application may be covered with a gauze strip, especially at night.

4.3 Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to terbinafine or any of the excipients contained in the cream, listed in section 6.1.

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Lamisil cream is for external use only.

Contact with the eyes should be avoided. May be irritating to the eyes. In case of accidental contact with the eyes, rinse eyes thoroughly with running water.

Lamisil Cream contains cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol, which may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

There are no known drug interactions with Lamisil cream.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation


There is no clinical experience with Lamisil Cream in pregnant women, therefore unless the potential benefits outweigh any possible risks, Lamisil Cream should not be administered during pregnancy, unless clearly necessary.

Foetal toxicity studies in animals suggest no adverse effects (see section 5.3).


Terbinafine is excreted in breast milk. Therefore mothers should not use Lamisil Cream whilst breast feeding.

Infants should not be allowed to come into contact with any treated skin, including the breast.


No effect of terbinafine on fertility have been seen in animal studies (see section 5.3).

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Lamisil Cream has no influence on the ability to drive and use machines.

4.8 Undesirable effects

Local symptoms such as pruritus, skin exfoliation, application site pain, application site irritation, pigmentation disorder, skin burning sensation, erythema and scab may occur at the site of application.

These minor symptoms must be distinguished from hypersensitivity reactions such as widespread pruritis, rash, bullous eruptions and hives which are reported in sporadic cases but require discontinuation.

In case of accidental contact with the eyes terbinafine hydrochloride may be irritating to the eyes.

In rare cases, the underlying fungal infection may be aggravated.

Adverse reactions are listed below by system organ class and frequency. Frequencies are defined as: very common (≥ 1/10); common (≥ 1/100 to < 1/10); uncommon (≥ 1/1,000 to < 1/100); rare (≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000); very rare (< 1/10,000), or not known (can not to be estimated from available data). Within each frequency grouping, adverse reactions are presented in order of decreasing seriousness.

Immune system disorders

Not known: Hypersensitivity

Eye disorders

Rare: Eye irritation

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Common: Skin exfoliation, pruritus

Uncommon: Skin lesion, scab, skin disorder, pigmentation disorder, erythema, skin burning sensation

Rare: Dry skin, dermatitis contact, eczema

Not known: Rash

General disorders and administration site conditions

Uncommon: Pain, application site pain, irritation

Rare: condition aggravated

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via HPRA Pharmacovigilance, Earlsfort Terrace, IRL - Dublin 2; Tel: +353 1 6764971; Fax: +353 1 6762517. Website:; E-mail:

4.9 Overdose

The low systemic absorption of topical terbinafine renders overdosage extremely unlikely.

Accidental ingestion of one 30 g tube of Lamisil cream, which contains 300 mg terbinafine hydrochloride, is comparable to ingestion of one Lamisil 250 mg tablet (adult oral unit dose).

Should a larger amount of Lamisil Cream be inadvertently ingested, adverse effects similar to those observed with an overdosage of Lamisil tablets are to be expected. These include headache, nausea, epigastric pain and dizziness.


If accidentally ingested, the recommended treatment of overdosage consists of eliminating the drug, primarily by the administration of activated charcoal, and giving symptomatic supportive therapy, if needed.


5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group:

Antifungal for topical use, ATC code: D01A E15.

Mechanism of action and pharmacodynamic effects:

Terbinafine is an allylamine which has a broad spectrum of antifungal activity in fungal infections of the skin caused by dermatophytes such as Trichophyton (e.g. T. rubrum, T. mentagrophytes, T. verrucosum, T. violaceum), Microsporum canis and Epidermophyton floccosum.. At low concentrations terbinafine is fungicidal against dermatophytes, moulds and certain dimorphic fungi.

The activity against yeasts is fungicidal (e.g. Pityrosporum orbiculare or Malassezia furfur) or fungistatic, depending on the species.

Terbinafine has long lasting action, fewer than 10% of athlete's foot sufferers treated with terbinafine 1% Cream for one week show relapse or re-infection by 3 months after start of treatment.

Terbinafine interferes specifically with fungal sterol biosynthesis at an early step. This leads to a deficiency in ergosterol and to an intracellular accumulation of squalene, resulting in fungal cell death. Terbinafine acts by inhibition of squalene epoxidase in the fungal cell membrane. The enzyme squalene epoxidase is not linked to the cytochrome P-450 system. Terbinafine does not influence the metabolism of hormones or other drugs.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Less than 5% of the dose is absorbed after topical application to humans; systemic exposure is therefore very low.

Following 7 days usage of Lamisil Cream, concentrations of terbinafine in excess of those required for fungicidal activity are available in the affected stratum corneum for at least 7 days after treatment cessation.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

In long-term studies (up to 1 year) in rats and dogs no marked toxic effects were seen in either species up to oral doses of about 100 mg/kg a day. At high oral doses, the liver and possibly also the kidneys were identified as potential target organs.

In a two-year oral carcinogenicity study in mice, no neoplastic or other abnormal findings attributable to treatment were made up to doses of 130 (males) and 156 (females) mg/kg a day. In a two-year oral carcinogenicity study in rats at the highest dose level, 69 mg/kg a day, an increased incidence of liver tumors was observed in males. The changes, which may be associated with peroxisome proliferation, have been shown to be species-specific since they were not seen in the carcinogenicity study in mice or in other studies in mice, dogs or monkeys.

During the studies of high dose oral terbinafine in monkeys, refractile irregularities were observed in the retina at the higher doses (non-toxic effect level was 50 mg/kg). These irregularities were associated with the presence of a terbinafine metabolite in ocular tissue and disappeared after drug discontinuation. They were not associated with histological changes.

A standard battery of in vitro and in vivo genotoxicity tests revealed no evidence of a mutagenic or clastogenic potential for the drug.

No adverse effects on fertility or other reproduction parameters were observed in studies in rats or rabbits.


6.1 List of excipients

Sodium hydroxide

Benzyl alcohol

Sorbitan stearate

Cetyl palmitate

Cetyl alcohol

Stearyl alcohol

Polysorbate 60

Isopropyl myristate

Purified water

6.2 Incompatibilities

Not applicable.

6.3 Shelf life

3 years: Aluminium tube and laminated tube

3 years: Polypropylene dispenser tube

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 30°C.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Aluminium tube with a polypropylene screw-cap closure or laminated tube (low density polyethylene, aluminium, low density polyethylene) with a high density polyethylene shoulder, sealed with an aluminium/ethylene multilayer copolymer peel-off and closed with a polypropylene cap with built-in point to pierce the peel off, in pack sizes of 15 g and 30 g.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

No special requirements.


GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (Ireland) Limited,

12 Riverwalk,

CityWest Business Campus,

Dublin 24,



PA 0678/121/001


Date of first authorisation: 12 July 1993

Date of last renewal: 31 October 2008


30 September 2016

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