Dermatologist question!?

I get prescribed Econazole Nitrate Cream 1% for a skin condition. Is there anything I can use over the counter?

I don't have insurance and don't want to pay a $90 office visit to be prescribed this stuff.

Any suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.

I have asked this before and got one answer. They told me to use Proactive. But they didn't tell me what product and if there were any special instructions. This is not for acne of any kind if this is what they thought.

Thank you.

Update:

I don't remember what the doctor called it. Its a fungus of some sort. And makes my skin discolored and patchy looking I guess you could say. Especially affects my neck, back and chest/stomach.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I would look up your prescription medication on the Internet and see what condition it is used for. See if the conditions that are listed ring a bell as far as what type of skin condition you have. Without knowing the condition you have, I wouldn't want to tell you what to use.

    I would also suggest that you talk to your pharmacist to see what he/she has to say about anything over the counter.

    Good Luck!

  • 1 decade ago

    First of all, a fungal skin infection should not go untreated as it can spread & cause scarring as well as skin discoloration. Proactive is for acne only, NOT fungal skin infections. You need a prescription drug to control & eradicate the fungus.

    Second, educate yourself fully about your condition. Ask your doctor what preventive measures you should take to control or eliminate outbreaks. What caused this outbreak in the first place? Can you change your diet? Should you change your personal hygiene regimen? What can you do to improve your condition as well as make it worse?

    Third, your doctor needs to keep an eye on your skin condition, which is why you need an appointment before he'll provide prescription refills. However, if your general practitioner is treating you, you really ought to ask for a referral to a dermatologist for specialized treatment of skin diseases/disorders. The fungal infection may take several months to clear up. If this is not the case, you really need to be more proactive & aggressive with your doctor.

    Last, ask your doctor if another, less expensive drug preferably a generic one, would be as effective as Econazole Nitrate. Whatever s/he prescribes, ask him/her to provide you with a prescription stating that a generic substitute is permissible AND a prescription that has several refills. Also ask him/her whether or not s/he has free samples of the drug that he can provide you.

    Good luck!

  • First of all, a fungal skin infection should not go untreated as it can spread & cause scarring as well as skin discoloration. Proactive is for acne only, NOT fungal skin infections. You need a prescription drug to control & eradicate the fungus.

    Second, educate yourself fully about your condition. Ask your doctor what preventive measures you should take to control or eliminate outbreaks. What caused this outbreak in the first place? Can you change your diet? Should you change your personal hygiene regimen? What can you do to improve your condition as well as make it worse?

    Third, your doctor needs to keep an eye on your skin condition, which is why you need an appointment before he'll provide prescription refills. However, if your general practitioner is treating you, you really ought to ask for a referral to a dermatologist for specialized treatment of skin diseases/disorders. The fungal infection may take several months to clear up. If this is not the case, you really need to be more proactive & aggressive with your doctor.

    Last, ask your doctor if another, less expensive drug preferably a generic one, would be as effective as Econazole Nitrate. Whatever s/he prescribes, ask him/her to provide you with a prescription stating that a generic substitute is permissible AND a prescription that has several refills. Also ask him/her whether or not s/he has free samples of the drug that he can provide you.

    Good luck!

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    I get prescribed Econazole Nitrate Cream 1% for a skin condition. Is there anything I can use over the counter?

    I don't have insurance and don't want to pay a $90 office visit to be prescribed this stuff.

    Any suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It would help a great deal if you could tell what the skin condition is.

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