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AMORSTAD 5% W/V MEDICATED NAIL LACQUER

Active substance(s): AMOROLFINE HYDROCHLORIDE

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Amorstad 5% w/v Medicated Nail Lacquer
Amorolfine
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription. However, you still need to use Amorstad 5% w/v
carefully to get the best results from it.

Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.

You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve within 3 months.

If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. See Section 4.
In this leaflet:
1. What Amorstad 5% w/v is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Amorstad 5% w/v
3. How to use Amorstad 5% w/v
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Amorstad 5% w/v
6. Further information
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2.

What Amorstad 5% w/v is and what it is used for
Amorstad 5% w/v is used to treat fungal infections affecting up to 2 nails and affecting the
upper half or sides of the nail (as shown in the first picture below). If the infection appears to be
more like pictures 2 or 3, you should consult your doctor.
The active substance in Amorstad 5% w/v is amorolfine (as the hydrochloride) which belongs to
a group of medicines known as antifungals.
Amorstad 5% w/v kills a wide variety of fungi that can cause nail infections. A fungal nail
infection is likely to result in discoloured (white, yellow or brown), thick or brittle nails, although
their appearance can vary considerably as the following pictures show:

Before you use Amorstad 5% w/v

Do not use Amorstad 5% w/v if you are:

allergic (hypersensitive) to amorolfine or any of the other ingredients of Amorstad 5% w/v (see
section 6 for other ingredients).

under the age of 18.
Take special care with Amorstad 5% w/v:

if you suffer from diabetes.

if you are being treated because you have a weak immune system.

if you have poor circulation in your hands and feet.

if your nail is severely damaged or infected.

if you get Amorstad 5% w/v in your eyes or ears wash it out with water immediately and contact
your doctor, pharmacist or nearest hospital straight away.

avoid the lacquer coming into contact with mucous membranes (e.g. mouth and nostrils). Do
not breathe it in.

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Using other medicines
You can use the nail lacquer whilst you are taking other medicines.
Using other nail products
Nail varnish or artificial nails should not be used while using Amorstad 5% w/v.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding. Your doctor
will then decide whether you should use Amorstad 5% w/v.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
3.

How to use Amorstad 5% w/v

Always use Amorstad 5% w/v exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. You should check
with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults and the Elderly
Before Commencing Treatment:
In the diagram below, shade the area affected by the fungal nail infection. This will help you in
remembering how the nail looked originally when your treatment is reviewed. Every three months,
shade the area now affected until the infected nail has completely grown out. If more than one nail is
affected, select the worst affected nail for this exercise. Take this leaflet to the pharmacist or podiatrist
when treatment is being reviewed to inform them of treatment progress to date.

before treatment

Three Months

Six Months

Nine Months

Instructions for use:

Treat your infected nails as described below. NAILS SHOULD BE TREATED ONCE A WEEK.

Once weekly application should continue for 6 months for finger nails and 9 to 12 months for
toe nails.

Nails grow slowly so it may take 2 or 3 months before you start to see an improvement.

It is important to carry on using the nail lacquer until the infection has cleared and healthy nails
have grown back.

The following steps should be followed carefully for each affected nail:
Step 1: File the nail
Before the first application, file down the infected areas of nail,
including the nail surface, as much as possible using the nail file
provided.
CAUTION: Do not use nail files used for infected nails on healthy
nails, otherwise you may spread the infection. To prevent the
spread of infection take care that no one else uses the files from
your kit.
Step 2: Clean the nail
Use one of the swabs provided (or nail varnish remover) to clean
the nail surface. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each affected nail.

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Step 3: Apply the lacquer
Dip one of the re-usable applicators into the bottle of nail lacquer. The
lacquer must not be wiped off the edge of the bottle before it is applied
Apply the lacquer evenly over the entire surface of the nail. Repeat this
step for each affected nail.
Let the treated nail(s) dry for approximately 3 minutes.
Step 4: Clean the applicator
The applicators provided are re-usable. However, it is important to
clean them thoroughly after completing each treatment procedure,
using the same swab you used for nail cleansing. Avoid touching
newly treated nails with the swab. Close the nail lacquer bottle tightly.
Dispose of the swab carefully as it is inflammable.






Before using the nail lacquer again, first remove the old lacquer from your nails using a swab,
then file down the nails again if necessary.
Re-apply the lacquer as described above.
When dry the nail lacquer is unaffected by soap and water, so you can wash your hands and
feet as normal. If you need to use chemicals such as paint thinners or white spirit, rubber or
other impermeable (waterproof) gloves should be worn to protect the lacquer on your
fingernails.
It is important to carry on using the nail lacquer until the infection has cleared and healthy nails
have grown back. This usually takes 6 months for fingernails and 9 to 12 months for toenails.
You will see a healthy nail growing as the diseased nail grows out.

Before treatment

After treatment

If you accidentally swallow Amorstad 5% w/v
If you, or anyone else, accidentally swallows the lacquer contact your doctor, pharmacist or nearest
hospital straight away.
If you forget to use Amorstad 5% w/
Do not worry if you forget to use the lacquer at the right time. When you remember, start using the
product again, in the same way as before.
If you stop using Amorstad 5% w/v
Do not stop using Amorstad 5% w/v before your doctor tells you to or your infection could come back.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Amorstad 5% w/v can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Rare side effects (occurring in less than 1 in 1000 people)
Your nail may become discoloured or it may become loose or start to separate from the nail bed.
Very rare side effects (occurring in less than 1 in 10,000 people)
A burning sensation or allergic skin reaction (contact dermatitis) may occur in the area around the
nail.

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Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the
Yellow Card Scheme. Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects, you
can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
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How to store Amorstad 5% w/v
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Amorstad 5% w/v after the expiry date which is stated on the pack. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
Store below 30ºC. Protect from heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed and upright.

This product is flammable! Keep the solution away from fire and flames!
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how
to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6.

Further information

What Amorstad 5% w/v contains:
Amorstad 5% w/v contains 50 mg/ml of the active substance amorolfine (equivalent to 55.74 mg /ml
amorolfine hydrochloride). The other ingredients are Eudragit RL 100 (ammonio methacrylate
copolymer A), triacetin, butyl acetate, ethyl acetate and ethanol (anhydrous).
What Amorstad 5% w/v looks like and contents of the pack
Amorstad 5% w/v is a clear, colourless to pale yellow solution. It is available in 2.5 ml, 3 ml and 5 ml
packs; 1 bottle packed with or without cleansing swabs, spatulas and / or nail files. Not all pack sizes
may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
The marketing authorisation holder is STADA Arzneimittel AG, Stadastraße 2-18, 61118 Bad Vilbel,
Germany.
The manufacturer is Chanelle Medical, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland.
This leaflet was last approved in: 11/2014

Approved by: ____________________________

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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