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You take griseofulvin as a
pill (orally). It is available in liquid form for children.
Depending on how severe the infection is, you may take griseofulvin once
or twice a day for as few as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks.
Griseofulvin stops the growth of
You use griseofulvin to treat
ringworm of the scalp or beard.
likely to use griseofulvin together with antifungal shampoos.
Griseofulvin is an effective
treatment for ringworm of the scalp or beard. It is the treatment of choice for children, because it is well tolerated and has a long history of safe use.1
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug
Reference is not available in all systems.)
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
Habif TP (2010). Superficial fungal infections. In Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy, 5th ed., pp. 491–540. Edinburgh: Mosby Elsevier.
December 21, 2012
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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