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Tavaborole

Generic Name: tavaborole (TA-va-BOR-ole)
Brand Name: Kerydin

Tavaborole is used for:

Treating fungal infections of the toenails.

Tavaborole is an antifungal. It works by killing or preventing the growth of the fungus.

Do NOT use tavaborole if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in tavaborole

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

Before using tavaborole:

Some medical conditions may interact with tavaborole. 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 tavaborole. However, no specific interactions with tavaborole are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if tavaborole 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 tavaborole:

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

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with tavaborole. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Tavaborole is for use on the toenails and the skin right around the toenails only. Avoid contact with the eyes, nose, mouth, genital area, and other mucous membranes.
  • Before putting tavaborole on, clean the affected toenails and dry thoroughly.
  • Apply tavaborole to the affected toenails as your doctor has told you. Be sure you know how to use tavaborole.
  • Let dry before covering with clothing.
  • Wash your hands after using tavaborole.
  • Tavaborole may catch on fire. Do not use near an open flame or heat, or while smoking.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use tavaborole for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if your condition gets better in a few days.
  • If you miss a dose of tavaborole, put it on 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 put on 2 doses at once.

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

Important safety information:

  • Talk with your doctor before using nail polish or other nail products (eg, fake nails) while using tavaborole.
  • Be sure to use tavaborole 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.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using tavaborole while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use tavaborole, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of tavaborole:

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:

Irritation where tavaborole is used.

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); ingrown toenail; severe or persistent irritation where tavaborole is used.

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.

Proper storage of tavaborole:

Store tavaborole at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, open flame, light, and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep the lid tightly closed. Throw away any part of tavaborole not used 3 months after first putting in the dropper. Keep tavaborole out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about tavaborole, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Tavaborole 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 tavaborole 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 tavaborole. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to tavaborole. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using tavaborole.

Review Date: November 3, 2016

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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