Griseofulvin Suspension

Griseofulvin Suspension

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Side Effects & Adverse Reactions

Prophylactic Usage

Safety and efficacy of prophylactic use of Griseofulvin Oral Suspension has not been established.

Chronic feeding of griseofulvin, at levels ranging from 0.5-2.5% of the diet, resulted in the development of liver tumors in several strains of mice, particularly in males. Smaller particle sizes result in an enhanced effect. Lower oral dosage levels have not been tested. Subcutaneous administration of relatively small doses of griseofulvin once a week during the first three weeks of life has also been reported to induce hepatomata in mice.Although studies in other animal species have not yielded evidence of tumorigenicity, these studies were not of adequate design to form a basis for conclusions in this regard.

In subacute toxicity studies, orally administered griseofulvin produced hepatocellular necrosis in mice, but this has not been seen in other species. Disturbances in porphyrin metabolism have been reported in griseofulvin-treated laboratory animals. Griseofulvin has been reported to have a colchicine-like effect on mitosis and cocarcinogenicity with methylcholanthrene in cutaneous tumor induction in laboratory animals.

Reports of animal studies in the Soviet literature state that a griseofulvin preparation was found to be embryotoxic and teratogenic on oral administration to pregnant Wistar rats. Rat reproduction studies done in the United States and Great Britain were inconclusive in this regard. Pups with abnormalities have been reported in the litters of a few bitches treated with griseofulvin. Because the potential for adverse effects on the human fetus cannot be ruled out, additional contraceptive precautions should be taken during treatment with griseofulvin and for a month after termination of treatment. Griseofulvin Oral Suspension should not be prescribed to women intending to become pregnant within one month following cessation of therapy.

Suppression of spermatogenesis has been reported to occur in rats but investigation in man failed to confirm this. Griseofulvin interferes with chromosomal distribution during cell division, causing aneuploidy in plant and mammalian cells. These effects have been demonstrated in vitro at concentrations that may be achieved in the serum with the recommended therapeutic dosage.

Since griseofulvin has demonstrated harmful effects in vitro on the genotype in bacteria, plants, and fungi, males should wait at least six months after completing griseofulvin therapy before fathering a child.

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Major indications for Griseofulvin Oral Suspension are:

Tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp)

Tinea corporis (ringworm of the body)

Tinea pedis (athlete's foot)

Tinea unguium (onychomycosis; ringworm of the nails)

Tinea cruris (ringworm of the thigh)

Tinea barbae (barber's itch)

Griseofulvin Oral Suspension inhibits the growth of those genera of fungi that commonly cause ringworm infections of the hair, skin, and nails, such as:

Trichophyton rubrum

Trichophyton tonsurans

Trichophyton mentagrophytes

Trichophyton interdigitalis

Trichophyton verrucosum

Trichophyton sulphureum

Trichophyton schoenleini

Microsporum audouini

Microsporum canis

Microsporum gypseum

Epidermophyton floccosum

Trichophyton megnini

Trichophyton gallinae

Trichophyton crateriform

Note: Prior to therapy, the type of fungi responsible for the infection should be identified. The use of the drug is not justified in minor or trivial infections which will respond to topical anti-fungal agents alone.

It is not effective in:

Bacterial infections

Candidiasis (Moniliasis)






North American Blastomycosis

Cryptococcosis (Torulosis)

Tinea versicolor



There is currently no drug history available for this drug.

Other Information

Griseofulvin is an antibiotic derived from a species of Penicillium. Each 5 mL of Griseofulvin Oral Suspension (microsize) contains 125 mg of griseofulvin microsize and also contains alcohol 0.2%, docusate sodium, FD&C Red No. 40, FD&C Yellow No. 6, flavors, magnesium aluminum silicate, menthol, methylparaben, propylene glycol, propylparaben, saccharin sodium, simethicone emulsion, sodium alginate, sucrose, and purified water.

Griseofulvin Suspension Manufacturers

  • Physicians Total Care, Inc.
    Griseofulvin Suspension [Physicians Total Care, Inc.]
  • Perrigo New York Inc
    Griseofulvin Suspension [Perrigo New York Inc]
  • Qualitest Pharmaceuticals
    Griseofulvin Suspension [Qualitest Pharmaceuticals]
  • Actavis Mid Atlantic Llc
    Griseofulvin Suspension [Actavis Mid Atlantic Llc]
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals Usa Inc
    Griseofulvin Suspension [Teva Pharmaceuticals Usa Inc]

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