Funbact-A Cream: Side Effects and Health Risks

Funbact-A is a skin treatment cream containing three drugs that play different roles in the body:

  • Clotrimazole (an antifungal drug)
  • Neomycin sulfate (an antibacterial drug)
  • Betamethasone (a steroid anti-inflammatory drug)

So, Funbact-A is used to treat skin fungal infections, skin bacterial infections, and skin inflammatory reactions. This is why it is labeled a “triple action” cream.

A pack of Funbact-A contains a 30g tube of the lotion.

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Side Effects of Funbact-A

Funbact-A cream can cause any of the following:

  • Skin irritation
  • Skin bleaching
  • Skin thinning and weakening
  • Stretch marks
  • Weight gain
  • Rashes
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Muscle weakness
  • Bone loss
  • Kidney damage
  • Nerve tissue damage
  • Hearing impairment
  • Liver damage
  • Heart failure

Most of the side effects listed above usually result from prolonged or inappropriate use of the cream.

Using Funbact-A Cream: 3 Rules You Must Obey

Funbact-A is a skin treatment cream. That is, you should use it only when you have skin problems such as jock itch, eczema, acne, or bacterial skin infections.

Using Funbact-A — or any other steroidal or triple-action cream — comes with 3 important rules:

  1. Use the cream only when you have any of the skin problems that it helps to treat. Never use it for any other purpose!
  2. Use it only for a short period — 2 weeks at most.
  3. Apply it only to the affected spots on your skin. Never apply it to healthy skin. Never use it as a general body cream.

The Dangerous Consequences of Funbact-A Abuse

While Funbact-A is meant to be a skin treatment cream, it is widely used in Nigeria for another purpose entirely — skin bleaching! And in the process of this abuse, all the three rules outlined above have to be broken. This, expectably, leads to terrible consequences.

Effects of prolonged steroid use

Betamethasone, the steroid component of Funbact-A, has a bleaching effect on the skin. And this becomes particularly pronounced when you use the cream for long periods (weeks to months or longer).

Although having “whiter” skin can give you some cosmetic fulfillment, it is accompanied by terrible damage to your skin tissues. The massive effects of prolonged steroid use on your skin include:

Skin thinning: Your skin becomes thinner and more prone to injuries. Worse, injuries to your skin fail to heal properly because the blood vessels in your skin are affected, too.

Stretch marks: Long-term steroid use damages the integrity of your skin, making it unable to maintain its elasticity. This causes ugly stretch marks.

Steroid acne: After prolonged periods of skin bleaching, your skin becomes susceptible to acne (steroid acne).

Beyond the skin, betamethasone also affects other systems of the body because it can be absorbed into the bloodstream from the skin. Inside the body, prolonged use of Funbact-A causes abnormal blood pressure, abnormal blood sugar levels, kidney damage, and many others.

Effects of prolonged use of antifungal creams

While fungi are the causes of many skin diseases, different parts of the skin are colonized by “good” fungi — harmless ones that help to protect the skin and play other beneficial roles. Prolonged use of Funbact-A clears these “good” fungi, thereby disrupting the skin ecosystem and exposing the skin to infections.

When absorbed into the body, antifungal agents can cause side effects such as liver damage and heart failure.

Effects of prolonged use of antibacterial creams

Funbact-A is used in the treatment of bacterial skin infections. However, when it is used for prolonged periods, the cream clears out the “good” bacteria that live on the skin where they protect it and play other beneficial roles. This leaves the skin exposed to other infections.

Prolonged use of antibacterial creams also results in antibiotic resistance — whereby the bacteria become so used to the drug that they are able to build defense systems against it. This makes subsequent treatment difficult and more expensive.

Final lines

All these serious side effects make Funbact-A a potentially dangerous cream. And for this reason, it has been banned alongside similar triple-action creams in certain countries including the USA, Canada, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and others.

While Funbact-A is not yet banned in Nigeria, we strongly warn that you use it with extreme caution.