Generic Name: ciclopirox (sye-kloe-PEER-ox)
Brand Name: Penlac
Ciclopirox solution is used for:
Treating mild to moderate toenail or fingernail fungus.
Ciclopirox solution is an antifungal agent. It is believed to work by slowing the growth of fungi.
Do NOT use ciclopirox solution if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in ciclopirox solution
- you are taking an oral antifungal medicine, for a fungal infection of the fingernail or toenail
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using ciclopirox solution:
Some medical conditions may interact with ciclopirox solution. 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
- if you have diabetes
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with ciclopirox solution. However, no specific interactions with ciclopirox solution are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if ciclopirox solution 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 solution:
Use ciclopirox solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Apply this medication evenly over the entire nail plate once daily and a small amount of the surrounding skin, preferably at bedtime or 8 hours before washing. If possible, apply this medication to the nail bed and under the surface of the nail plate.
- Do not remove this medication on a daily basis. Daily applications of this medication should be made over the previous coat and removed every 7 days with alcohol.
- Using an emery board, file away any loose nail material, and trim nails every 7 days after this medication is removed with alcohol.
- This medication may need to be taken for up to 48 weeks in combination with nail removal done by your health care provider to achieve a clear or almost clear nail. It may take up to 6 months to see any noticeable improvement in your nail. However, a completely clear nail may not be achieved with the use of this medication.
- To clear up your infection completely, use ciclopirox solution for the full course of treatment.
- If you miss a dose of ciclopirox solution and you are using it daily at bedtime, skip the missed dose. Do not use the medicine the following morning. If you do not use the dose at bedtime and you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or it is nearing time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular dosing schedule.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use ciclopirox solution.
Important safety information:
- For use on nails and surrounding skin only. Do not get ciclopirox solution in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in your eyes, rinse right away with cool tap water.
- Ciclopirox solution may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
- Do not use nail polish or other nail cosmetic products while using this medication.
- Do not use this medication near heat or open flame because this medication is flammable.
- PREGNANCY AND BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using ciclopirox solution while you are pregnant. It is not known if ciclopirox solution is found in breast. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use ciclopirox solution, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of ciclopirox solution:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Change in shape of nail; discoloration; ingrown toenail; irritation; redness of the treated area.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blistering; burning; increased redness; itching; oozing of the treated area; rash on the palms; swelling.
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 solution may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of ciclopirox solution:
Store ciclopirox solution at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Protect from light. Keep away from heat and flame. Keep ciclopirox solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about ciclopirox solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Ciclopirox solution 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 solution 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 solution. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to ciclopirox solution. 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 solution.
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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