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Ciclopirox cream

Generic Name: ciclopirox (SYE-kloe-PIR-ox)
Brand Name: Ciclodan

Ciclopirox cream is used for:

Treating fungal and yeast infections of the skin, including athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm.

Ciclopirox cream is an antifungal. It works by killing or slowing the growth of sensitive fungi.

Do NOT use ciclopirox cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in ciclopirox cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using ciclopirox cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with ciclopirox cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with ciclopirox cream. However, no specific interactions with ciclopirox cream are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if ciclopirox cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use ciclopirox cream:

Use ciclopirox cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Clean the affected area with soap and water and dry thoroughly. Apply enough medicine to cover the affected area. Rub in gently. Do not cover unless directed by your doctor. Wash your hands immediately after using the medicine, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use ciclopirox cream for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if your symptoms improve.
  • If you miss a dose of ciclopirox cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use ciclopirox cream.

Important safety information:

  • Ciclopirox cream is for external use only. Do not get ciclopirox cream in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Do not get it in your vagina. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool tap water.
  • Do not wrap or otherwise cover the treated area with bandages or wear tight-fitting clothing unless specifically directed by your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 4 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Do not use ciclopirox cream for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
  • Be sure to use ciclopirox cream for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The fungus could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • Ciclopirox cream should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 10 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY AND BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using ciclopirox cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if ciclopirox cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use ciclopirox cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of ciclopirox cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild itching at the application site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blistering, burning, oozing, redness, or swelling at the application site; severe or persistent itching at the application site.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Ciclopirox cream may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of ciclopirox cream:

Store ciclopirox cream at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep ciclopirox cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about ciclopirox cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Ciclopirox cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take ciclopirox cream or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about ciclopirox cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to ciclopirox cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using ciclopirox cream.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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