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    Old 10-27-2013, 09:41 AM   #1
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    Antifungal sprays/creams causing insomnia, other strange side effects

    Several months ago, I used 3 different types of antifungal over-the-counter medications to treat 2 dime-sized patches of what appeared to be male yeast infections on around my scrotum.

    I developed peculiar side-effects with surprisingly little information on the web explaining from other people who experienced the same side effects.

    Lotrimin AF Miconazole Nitrate 2% aerosol spray
    Sprayed some on in the evening after a shower, and that very night I couldn't fall asleep. As I was beginning to drift to sleep, my heart rate went very, very low and my breathing became very deep and slow. It felt relaxing at first, but I could not fall asleep because my brain could not "shut down." The moment I felt myself drifting, if felt as if my body was "jump starting" my heart because it was beating too slow. That's the closest I can come to words in describing the sensation. And another side-effect: I felt incredibly aroused and developed a rock-hard erection. Getting out of bed in the morning I felt like crap because I could not sleep the entire night, but I had a massive "morning wood" that I never experienced before. Has anyone else felt this? Despite the positive sexual side effect, I had not choice but to stop using this product after several days because I could not go to sleep.

    Tinactin Tolnaftate Anti-Jock Itch Aerosol Spray
    So moving on to another product, I tried tolnaftate because I thought the problem was the miconazole nitrate. But the same exact thing happened! Only difference was I experienced none of the increased sexual arousal of the Lotrimin. Also had to discontinue after 2 days because I could not sleep!

    Clotrimazole cream (generic AAFES brand)
    So 2 strikes out, and my last resort was the clotrimazole in an ointment tube because I figured the problem had to be something with the aerosol sprays. This one, unfortunately, was the worst of the 3. No sexual side effects, and it made me even more groggy.

    Once I stopped these OTC antifungal medications, I was back to restful sleep. Can anyone explain why this happens to me? Is it the nitrogen? All three of these antifungals have nitrogen in their molecular structure and from what I understand nitrates are vasodilators. Anyone else experience anything similar?

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