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Painful Fungus? Tolcylen May be Right for You

Tolcylen for fungal relief

Nobody likes to talk about it, but we’ve all dealt with it at one time or another—fungal infections. Common skin infections like jock itch, athlete’s foot, and ringworm are itchy and painful. You might get a fungal infection under your fingernails or toenails, which can cause discoloration and lead to unhealthy nails.

While fungal infections are rarely serious, they can be majorly disruptive to your daily life, especially if they stick around for a while. Fortunately, there is relief in the form of Tolcylen. This medication is an antifungal cream that prevents the growth of fungus. Its generic name is Tolnaftate. Some forms of this medication can even prevent athlete’s foot from returning, which is good news for anyone who seems to get athlete’s foot regularly.

Here’s everything you need to know about this medication so you can decide if it sounds right for you. As always, talk to your doctor if you have any questions before you start taking a new medication.

Frequently Asked Questions about Tolcylen

Here are some answers to the most common questions patients have about Tolcylen.

What Does Tolcylen Treat?

These are the specific conditions Tolcylen is used to treat:

  • Jock itch
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Tinea versicolor (fungal infection)
  • Other infections of the hands, nails, feet, and skin
  • Ringworm in the beard, hand, scalp, groin, or other body part

How is Tolcylen Different from Antifungal (Tolnaftate)?

Antifungal Tolnaftate is an over-the-counter topical treatment specifically designed to treat nail fungus. This can come in powdered form that needs to be shaken before you apply it to your skin.

Tolcylen is a topical cream used to treat fungal skin infections, like jock itch and athlete’s foot.

How Do I Take Tolcylen?

Tolcylen is a topical treatment, which means you will apply it directly to the skin. Do not take it by mouth. If any Tolcylen gets in your mouth, eyes, nose, vagina, or rectum, rinse with water thoroughly. Your doctor will give specific instructions about how much to apply and how often to use it based on your skin condition. Be sure to follow these instructions explicitly.

Wash your hands before and after applying Tolcylen—unless you are using Tolcylen to treat a skin condition on one or both of your hands. Regardless of where your fungal condition is, be sure to clean your skin before applying the topical treatment.

Do not apply more or less Tolcylen than is prescribed, and do not miss a dose. If you do miss a dose, don’t try to make it up by applying more Tolcylen during your next treatment. Just get back on your schedule and continue treatment.

Should I Cover the Affected Area After I Apply Tolcylen?

Do not use a bandage or any other type of covering that restricts air circulation. You can use a light cotton-gauze dressing if you wish to protect your clothes. However, you can also leave your skin uncovered.

Who Can Take Tolcylen?

Tolcylen is developed for adults suffering from fungal infections on their skin, nails, groin, and other body parts. It is available over the counter without a prescription. As with other medications, however, it’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor before beginning treatment to ensure that Tolcylen won’t interact with any other medications you are taking or cause you harm because of any other conditions you have.

There isn’t enough research available to determine whether Tolcylen is safe for pregnant or nursing women, so do not take it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Children are advised not to take it unless a doctor recommends it.

How Long Do You Have to Take Tolcylen to See Results?

Everybody will see different results based on their skin conditions. Some patients report seeing noticeable results in as little as two weeks, while others need to continue treatment for several months. Talk to your doctor to find out when you should expect to get relief and contact them if you are still having symptoms or if they get worse during treatment.

In general, you should call your doctor if your condition is still there after treating it for two weeks for jock itch or after four weeks for ringworm or athlete’s foot. Contact your doctor immediately if your condition gets worse at any point during treatment as this is a sign that you are having a negative interaction with the drug.

What Results Should I Expect to See?

Patients who have fungal infections under their nails can use antifungal Tolnaftate to see dramatically improved skin around the nail area. The appearance of their nails should also improve. It can improve the appearance of nails by treating nail discoloration, thickened nails, and nail dehydration. For patients with fungal skin infections, you should notice your skin clearing up after using the medication for several weeks.


What are Side Effects of Tolcylen?

The most common side effect of Tolcylen is irritation of the skin where you apply it. You might also notice sudden dryness of your skin or even peeling of the skin. These side effects are all irritating, but they should go away once you stop taking it. Call your doctor anyway to be sure there isn’t another underlying issue.

More serious allergic reactions to Tolcylen include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives
  • Swelling of the lips, throat, tongue, or face

Seek immediate emergency medical care if you experience any of these signs of an allergic reaction.

Does Tolcylen Leave an Odor?

No, you will not have a noticeable odor from Tolcylen when you are applying it or after it dries.

Do I Need to Wear Special Clothes When I Take Tolcylen?

Patients are advised to wear loose-fitting clothing during treatment. You want air to be able to easily circulate around your skin made from natural fibers, like cotton. Continue wearing these clothes until your skin is healed.

How Should I Store Tolcylen?

Keep the tube of Tolcylen tightly sealed when you aren’t using it. It should be stored away from children and pets in a room that is kept at room temperature. Keep it out of the bathroom as it should be somewhere dry.

How Much Does Tolcylen Cost?

The price you’ll pay for the topical cream can vary depending on the pharmacy. In general, though, Tolcylen is an affordable antifungal cream that can help you clear up your fungal infections and prevent new ones from forming. You can find Tolcylen at Walgreens, Walmart, and other pharmacies in your area. America’s Pharmacy offers free Tolcylen coupons.

Do I Need a Prescription for Tolcylen?

While Tolcylen is available over-the-counter, you will still need to present a prescription from your doctor to use your America’s Pharmacy card to save on your order. You can still use Rx coupons from America’s Pharmacy to help you save even more money on your prescription. Just present it when you pick up your prescription and the pharmacist will apply it to your order.

Save on Tolcylen and All Your Medications with America’s Pharmacy

If you aren’t sure whether you need Tolcylen or antifungal Tolnaftate, ask your doctor. Whichever one you choose, know that you don’t need to break the bank to get affordable medications. America’s Pharmacy can help you find medications like Tolcylen at the best prices.

Get started saving with an America’s Pharmacy card, which is accepted at thousands of pharmacies nationwide. You can also download coupons for Tolnaftate or Tolcylen to use at the pharmacy counter when you pick up your prescription.


  1. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-177770/Tolcylen-topical/details