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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 351-353

Elevation of antidermatophytic action of mefenamic acid by cobalt ions


Department of Clinical Laboratory, College of Applicable of Medical Sciences, University of Karbala, Karbala, Iran

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Ali Abdul Hussein S AL-Janabi
Department of Clinical Laboratory, College of Applicable of Medical Sciences, University of Karbala, Karbala
Iran
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7613.71907

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Objectives: To evaluate the antifungal property of mefenamic acid, which is a member of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) group. Materials and Methods: In order to evaluate the antifungal property of mefenamic acid on dermatophytes, it was mixed with cobalt (Co) in culture media. Two species related to two genera of dermatophytes were tested for their susceptibility to mefenamic acid and its complex with Co by using colony diameter measurement method. Results: The inhibitory action of mefenamic acid on fungal strains was increased in the presence of Co. Epidermophyton floccosum showed more susceptibly to either mefenamic acid or its complex with Co than Trichophyton mentagrophytes variant mentagrophytes. Conclusions: Mefenamic acid showed potential ability to prevent growth of dermatophytes. This ability increased due to the presence of Co.






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