Triclosan belongs to the ‘antiseptics and germicides’ class of medicines, which are used to treat the bacterial infection.
Uses of Triclosan
Triclosan topical is used to treat the bacterial infection (such as acne) and mycoses (certain fungal infections).
Contraindications of Triclosan
When should one not use Triclosan
Do not take Triclosan if you have an allergy to the medicine.
Side effects of Triclosan
Common side effects of this drug are:
- Redness of skin
- Swelling of skin
- Contact dermatitis (inflammation of the skin caused by contact with this medicine)
Precautions and Warnings of Triclosan
Can I take Triclosan during pregnancy?
Triclosan reduces the thyroid concentrations, which is essential for unborn baby development during pregnancy. Hence do not use this medicine unless considered necessary by your physician. During pregnancy, if you are using any topical preparation containing Triclosan consult with your doctor.
Can I take Triclosan while breastfeeding?
It is unknown if Triclosan passes into breast milk. You should not take this medicine if you are breastfeeding. Avoid applying this medicine near the area of the breast, as it may be harmful in the development of baby.
Can I drive if I have consumed Triclosan?
No influence on ability to drive.
Can I consume alcohol with Triclosan?
No known interaction.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
- If you have any skin reaction or swelling.
Mode of Action of Triclosan
How Does It Work?
Triclosan works by inhibiting the enzyme that is essential for building outer layer of the bacteria. Thus, devoid of properly formed cell membrane, bacterial cells die.
Interactions of Triclosan
Interactions with other medicines
No drug interaction is reported with this medicine if used topically. Nevertheless, tell your doctor if you are taking any over the counter medicine or herbal medicines that may have interactions with Triclosan.
Interactions with food items
No food interactions have been reported.
Dietary Restrictions of Triclosan
No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking Triclosan, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.
Dosage of Triclosan
Symptoms of Triclosan overdose are not documented well. Do notapply more than the prescribed amount of Triclosan, because overuse may exaggerate the symptoms of side effects. Consult your doctor if you have used too much of this medicine.
Missed a Dose
If you miss a use, apply the cream as early as you remember it. If it is almost time for the next treatment, skip it and continue with the subsequent regular application. Do not apply twice.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking this drug?
A: Give a detailed account of your medical and surgical history. Also, mention to your doctor all the prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal preparations and nutritional supplements that you may be taking, before starting this medication.
Q: What precaution should you take?
A: Use this medicine with caution for patients with a history of any allergy, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Q: When and how to consume the medicine?
A: Triclosan comes as soaps, creams, mouthwashes and cleaning supplies. Use Triclosan on the affected area as directed by your doctor.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)
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