What Is Luzu?
Luzu (luliconazole) is a topical prescription medication used to treat various fungal infections on the skin, such as jock itch, ringworm, and athlete’s foot in adults and children 2 and older.
Luzu is available via prescription as a topical cream (medication you apply to your skin) and belongs to a class of medications called azole antifungals.
For context, azole antifungals are medications used to inhibit the growth of a wide range of fungi, including fungal nail infections and vaginal candidiasis (yeast infections).
Luzu works by blocking certain enzymes to inhibit the creation of fungi cell membranes, making them easier to kill.
Currently, no therapeutically equivalent version of Luzu, containing the active ingredient luliconazole, is available in the United States (U.S.).
However, Luzu, a brand-name medication, is available as a white, 1% cream in a 60-gram tube.
Generic Name: Luliconazole
Brand Name: Luzu
Drug Availability: Prescription
Administration Route: Topical
Therapeutic Classification: Antifungal
Available Generically: No
Controlled Substance: N/A
Active Ingredient: Luliconazole
Dosage Form: Cream
What Is Luzu Used For?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Luzu for the topical treatment of interdigital tinea pedis (athlete’s foot), tinea cruris (jock itch), and tinea corporis (ringworm). This drug has been approved for use in adults and children 2 and older.
For further context, tinea pedis, or athlete’s foot, is a fungal infection of the feet, most commonly appearing between a person’s toes. Athlete’s foot is the most common tinea infection (a fungal infection of the skin).
In comparison, tinea cruris, or jock itch, is defined as a form of ringworm (a fungal infection of the outer layers of skin, hair, or nails) that appears on the groin causing a painful, itchy rash. Jock itch is most common in males.
Finally, tinea corporis (ringworm), refers to a fungus that creates circular, patchy scales. This type of fungus is spread by skin-to-skin contact with an infected animal or person.
How to Use Luzu
Use this medicine exactly as directed by your healthcare provider.
Follow all the directions on your medicine label. Do not use more or less of this medicine or use it for longer than prescribed:
- If you have athlete’s foot between your toes, apply a thin layer of the affected skin areas to about 1 inch beyond the rash on all sides once a day for two weeks.
- If you have jock itch or ringworm, apply to the affected skin areas and about 1 inch beyond the rash on all sides once a day for one week.
- Wash your hands after you apply Luzu.
Ask a healthcare provider if you do not understand how to take your medications.
Store Luzu at room temperature (between 68 F and 77 F), away from heat, direct light, and moisture. Do not store it in the bathroom. Keep this medication in its original labeled container and out of reach of children and pets. Keep the bottle tightly closed