What is Timodine?
Timodine is an antifungal and anti-inflammatory cream. Timodine cream contains four active ingredients:
- Hydrocortisone, a mild topical corticosteroid;
- Nystatin, an antifungal medicine;
- Benzalkonium, an antiseptic agent which is used to kill bacteria in mild infections of the skin;
- Dimeticone, a water repellent silicone fluid, which protects the skin.
Timodine cream is a prescription-only medicine that can be ordered online via a Dokteronline.com partner pharmacy.
What is this medicine used for?
Timodine cream is used for inflammation and itching of the skin due to a fungal infection (in most cases an overgrowth of Candida albicans) in combination with a bacterial infection. This medicine is effective for:
- Infected eczema;
- Skin rash in skin folds (e.g. under breasts, in the groin, on the genitals and in the area around the anal orifice);
- Severe diaper rash.
Timodine cream relieves symptoms such as itching, swelling and redness. It also kills fungi and bacteria on the skin, allowing the infection to clear up.
How to use Timodine cream
Timodine cream should be applied thinly and evenly to the affected area(s) of skin. Massage the cream into the skin until it is fully absorbed. Do not apply to or around the eyes. Wash hands after use. The doctor will tell you how long you need to use this medicine. Consult a doctor if after seven days of treatment with this medicine there is little or no improvement in your symptoms.
If Timodine cream is used for nappy rash, apply to clean, dry skin after each diaper change. This product should be used no longer than seven days in infants.
Unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor, the usual dose in adults and children is:
- a thin layer applied to the affected area(s) of skin three times a day.
In young children and infants, this medicine should only be used on advice of a doctor. Read the package leaflet before use.
The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine:
- Skin irritation due to hypersensitivity;
- Thinning of the treated skin;
- Red patches and scaling around the mouth;
- Striae (stripe-like skin marks);
- A decrease in the production of natural hormones by the adrenal glands (only if used long term).
Consult a doctor if these or other side effects are severe. For more information on side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use this medicine
Timodine cream is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to hydrocortisone, nystatin, benzalkonium, dimeticone or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- Your skin problem is caused by viruses;
- Your skin is broken or ulcerated, or you have acne or rosacea;
- You have an inflammatory rash around the mouth (perioral dermatitis), a skin disorder called ichthyosis vulgaris or the blood vessels in your skin are fragile.
It is important to tell your doctor what topical skin medications you are already using before you start treatment with Timodine cream to make sure the combination is safe.
Timodine cream should not be used, or only with a doctor’s approval, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
This medicine does not affect your ability to drive safely.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol.