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Efinaconazole topical

Generic Name: efinaconazole topical (EF in a KON a zole TOP ik al)
Brand Name: Jublia

Medically reviewed on November 13, 2017

What is efinaconazole topical?

Efinaconazole topical is an antifungal medication that fights infections caused by fungus.

Efinaconazole topical is used to treat a fungal infection of the toenail called onychomycosis (ON e koe mye KOE sis).

Efinaconazole topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use efinaconazole topical if you are allergic to it.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether efinaconazole topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.

It is not known whether efinaconazole topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.

How should I use efinaconazole topical?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Efinaconazole topical is usually applied once daily for 48 weeks (approximately 11 months).

Before you apply this medicine, wash and thoroughly dry your toenails.

Apply this medicine over the entire toenail and under the tip of the nail. Allow the medicine to dry completely before putting on a sock or shoe.

After you apply efinaconazole topical, wait at least 10 minutes before you take a bath or shower.

Avoid getting this medicine on any other skin besides the cuticles or the skin around your toenail.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using efinaconazole topical.

Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared.

Store in an upright position at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.

Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

Efinaconazole topical is flammable. Do not use near high heat or open flame. Do not smoke until the gel has completely dried on your nail.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of efinaconazole topical is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should I avoid while using efinaconazole topical?

Do not get this medicine in your eyes, mouth, or vagina.

You should not have a pedicure or use nail polish on your toenails during treatment with efinaconazole topical.

Efinaconazole topical side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe redness, itching, or swelling of the affected toenail.

Common side effects may include:

  • pain or irritation where the medicine was applied;

  • itching; or

  • ingrown toenail.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

Efinaconazole topical dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Onychomycosis -- Toenail:

Apply to affected toenail(s) once a day for 48 weeks

Comments:
-The provided applicator should be used.
-The toenail, toenail folds, toenail bed, hyponychium, and undersurface of the toenail plate should be completely covered.

Use: For the topical treatment of onychomycosis of the toenail(s) due to Trichophyton rubrum and T mentagrophytes

What other drugs will affect efinaconazole topical?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied efinaconazole. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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