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Pityriasis versicolor: clinical experience with Lamisil cream and Lamisil DermGel.

Pityriasis versicolor is a chronic superficial fungal disease usually located on the upper trunk, neck or upper arms. Terbinafine is an orally and topically active allylamine antifungal derivative with a broad antifungal spectrum. Several studies have documented the high activity of terbinafine (Lamisil) cream in the treatment of pityriasis versicolor, with cure rates of 79-100% after 2-4 weeks of treatment. Lamisil emulsion gel (Lamisil DermGel) is a new topical formulation that remains in the skin in high concentrations for several months after just 1 week of application. Recently, in a prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised, parallel-group, comparative, multicentre study, we have treated patients with pityriasis versicolor with either terbinafine 1% emulsion gel (Lamisil DermGel) or placebo gel. Sixty-one patients were included, 31 in the Lamisil DermGel group and 30 in the placebo gel group. The gel was applied once daily for 7 days and the patients were followed up for 8 weeks. Twenty-eight patients in the active and 29 patients in the placebo group were evaluable for efficacy. Using the intent-to-treat efficacy analysis, 21/28 (75%) were cured in the Lamisil-DermGel-treated group compared to 4/29 (14%) in the placebo group. No side-effects were seen. In conclusion, Lamisil DermGel was well tolerated and superior to placebo in the treatment of pityriasis versicolor when applied once daily for 7 days.[1]


  1. Pityriasis versicolor: clinical experience with Lamisil cream and Lamisil DermGel. Faergemann, J., Hersle, K., Nordin, P. Dermatology (Basel) (1997) [Pubmed]
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