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Ciclopirox topical
CICLOPIROX - TOPICAL LACQUER

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

CICLOPIROX - TOPICAL LACQUER

(cyc-low-PIE-rocks)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): PENLAC

Uses

This medication is used to treat fungal infections of the fingernails or toenails, as part of an overall nail infection treatment plan.

How To Use

This medication generally is applied once daily with the applicator brush (at bedtime or eight hours before washing) to all affected nails as directed. Cover the entire nail area and the edge of skin next to the nail. Also apply the liquid to the nail bed, and underside of the nail if possible. This medication should not be removed daily; daily applications should be made over the previous coat. Remove the medication with alcohol every seven days. This cycle is repeated throughout the treatment period. Learn proper use of this product. Consult your doctor or pharmacist. Follow all instructions for general nail care. Loose nail removal by a healthcare professional, and regular nail trimming are very important parts of this treatment. For best results, this medication must be used routinely as directed. Continue using it for the full time prescribed, then promptly discontinue use. Stopping this medication too soon, however, may not clear the infection and may result in a reinfection. The full treatment may last up to one year; improvement may not be noticed until after six months of treatment. Use of this medication may not produce a completely clear nail. Do not use this medication in the eyes, mouth, nose, or vaginal area. It is for external use on toenails, fingernails and the skin next to the affected nails. Do not use nail polish or other cosmetics on the affected nails.

Side Effects

Contact with the skin around the nail may cause mild, temporary redness. If this effect persists or worsens, notify your doctor immediately. Also report nail shape change, ingrown toenail, or nail discoloration. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these serious side effects: itching/burning/blistering/swelling skin, oozing of the affected area. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, including: any allergies, diabetes, immune system disorders. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you use, especially of: oral antifungal medicines. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat, flame, light and moisture. This product is flammable.