How It Works:

Griseofulvin belongs to the group of medicines called antifungals. It reduces infection caused by fungus by killing the fungus and also makes the skin resistant to fungal infection.

Side Effects:

dizziness, soreness or irritation of the mouth or tongue.Rare: black, swollen glands, crawling, chills, skin rash, hands, loss of appetite, tongue, eyelids, unusual tiredness or weakness.Less common: confusion, pain, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips, Very Common: blistering, nausea, lips, shortness of breath, or loosening of the skin, loose motions, numbness, or weakness in the hands or feet painful or difficult urination, cloudy urine, sores, legs, fever, tingling, unpleasant breath odor, ulcers, red, burning, tarry stools, chest pain, clay-colored stools, joint or muscle pain, vomiting of blood., increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight, cough, dark urine, yellow eyes or skin.Frequency not known: abdominal or stomach pain, hives, or tingling feelings, feet, hive-like swelling on the face, unusual bleeding or bruising, large, prickling, itching, sore throat, headache, throat, irritated eyes, peeling, or itching, or sex organs

Used For:

Griseofulvin is used to treat infections caused by fungus such as ringworm, athlete's foot, jock itch, and fungal infections of the skin of scalp, fingernails, or toenails.


  • Do not take griseofulvin, if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to griseofulvin, penicillin or any of the other ingredients.
  • Do not take griseofulvin, if you have porphyria (a rare blood pigment disorder that affects skin and other organs); systemic lupus erythematous (SLE; autoimmune disease, in which the body's own immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue, especially skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs).
  • Avoid using griseofulvin, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery after taking griseofulvin because you may feel drowsy.
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial light.
  • Do not consume alcohol while taking griseofulvin.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is griseofulvin safe?Griseofulvin is safe if used at prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is griseofulvin over the counter?No,griseofulvin is available with doctor’s prescription only.
Q. Is griseofulvin an antibiotic/steroid/fungicidal?Griseofulvin is fungicidal and not an antibiotic/steroid.
Q. Is griseofulvin a sulfa drug/contain sulfa (sulphur)/penicillin?No,griseofulvin is not a sulfa drug. Neither it contain sulfa nor penicillin.
Q. Is griseofulvin safe in pregnancy/while breastfeeding?No,griseofulvin is not safe in pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Q. Is griseofulvin available in Canada?Yes,it is available in Canada.
Q. Can I take ibuprofen with griseofulvin?Yes,but taking other medicines may alter the effects of griseofulvin. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required.
Q. Can you take griseofulvin with milk?Griseofulvin when taken with milk may increase the concentration of giseofulvin in the blood.Patient should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q. Does griseofulvin treat candida/ringworm?Griseofulvin is used to treat ringworm. However it is ineffective to treat candida.
Q. Does griseofulvin need to be refrigerated?No,griseofulvin does not require refrigeration.Store it at room temperature away from heat.
Q. Does griseofulvin cause hair loss?No,griseofulvin does not cause hair loss.However consult your doctor if you experience such side effect.
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