Generic Name: tavaborole topical (TA va BOR ole TOP ik al)
Brand Name: Kerydin
Medically reviewed on January 22, 2018
What is tavaborole topical?
Tavaborole topical is an antifungal medication that fights infections caused by fungus.
Tavaborole topical is used to treat a fungal infection of the toenail called onychomycosis (ON e koe mye KOE sis).
Tavaborole topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
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 tavaborole topical if you are allergic to it.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether tavaborole topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using tavaborole topical.
It is not known whether tavaborole 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 tavaborole topical?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Tavaborole 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.
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 tavaborole topical.
Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Tavaborole 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?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of tavaborole 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 tavaborole topical?
Do not get tavaborole topical in your eyes, mouth, or vagina.
Tavaborole 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, swelling, or other irritation of the affected toenail.
Common side effects may include:
skin peeling or redness where the medicine was applied;
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)
Tavaborole topical dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Onychomycosis -- Toenail:
Apply drug to affected toenail(s) once daily.
Duration of therapy:
-48 weeks of daily application
-Discard after 3 months of dropper insertion.
-The drug is indicated for the topical treatment of toenail onychomycosis due to Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. These strains have not demonstrated resistance following repeated exposure to the drug.
What other drugs will affect tavaborole topical?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied tavaborole. 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.
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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- Drug class: topical antifungals
Other brands: Kerydin