What Are the Side Effects of Griseofulvin?

If you’ve never experienced any fungus infections, you’ve probably never heard of griseofulvin. It is a generic or brand-name medication which comes in the form of oral tablets or liquid suspensions. Commonly, it’s used for the treatment of fungal nail infections, as well as fungal infections of the hair and skin.

As with many medications, it can sometimes be associated with certain side effects. Read on to find all about griseofulvin side effects and interactions.

Side Effects

Griseofulvin is very efficient in stopping the harmful fungus from multiplying. Still, it’s important to be aware that it can be associated with various side effects.

The milder griseofulvin side effects may include confusion, trouble sleeping, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, stomach pain, yeast infections in the mouth, tingling or numbness in your feet or hands, and rash. These usually go away on their own in a matter of days, but if they don’t, make sure you contact your doctor.

More serious side effects may include yellowing of the whites of your eyes, yellowing of your skin, loss of appetite, severe stomach pain, weakness, tiredness, bruising more easily, fever, skin peeling, skin blisters, hives, swollen tongue, and swelling of your face.

In some rare cases, griseofulvin side effects may become quite severe. In these cases, you should call 911 immediately for help.


Griseofulvin may interact with other types of medications, such as cyclosporine, warfarin, different types of barbiturates and salicylates (e.g., aspirin), as well as birth control pills. You shouldn’t consume alcohol while taking griseofulvin.

General Warnings

Griseofulvin is not considered safe for children younger than two years, breastfeeding mothers, and pregnant women. For any further info, and certainly, if you have any symptoms of a fungal infection, please consult your doctor.

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