Ciclopirox topical solution is utilized in conjunction with routine nail trimming to address fungal infections affecting the fingernails and toenails. These infections can lead to symptoms such as nail discoloration, splitting, and discomfort. Ciclopirox belongs to the category of antifungal medications and operates by halting the progression of nail fungus growth.
Uses and Dosage
Before commencing treatment, eliminate any loose nail material by utilizing nail clippers or a file. If you have diabetes or experience numbness in your fingers or toes, consult your doctor prior to filing or trimming your nails. For individuals in this situation, having your doctor handle the nail care might be a safer approach.
Utilize this medication solely on the nails and the skin surrounding them. Administer ciclopirox as instructed by your doctor, usually once daily before bedtime. Utilize the provided applicator to evenly distribute the medication over the entire affected nail and the skin bordering the nail (approximately 5 millimeters or 1/5 of an inch around the nail). If the applicator can access the undersurface of the nail and the skin beneath it, apply the medication to those regions as well. Avoid contact with skin that isn’t directly adjacent to the affected nail. Refrain from applying nail cosmetic products (like nail polish) on the treated nails.
Abstain from applying the medication in the eyes, nose, mouth, or inside the vagina. In the event that the medication comes into contact with these areas, rinse thoroughly with ample water.
Allow the medication to dry (approximately 30 seconds) before donning socks or stockings. Avoid washing the treated area for a minimum of 8 hours.
Every 7 days, eliminate the medication from the nail by using alcohol. Subsequently, trim the nail and remove any loose nail material with a file.
Given that this product is flammable, do not use it near heat sources or open flames.
For maximum benefit, employ this medication on a regular basis. To help ensure consistency, use it at the same time each day.
Continue using this medication for the entire prescribed duration, even if your symptoms abate. Terminating the medication prematurely could result in the reappearance of the infection.
Should your condition worsen or fail to improve after 6 months of treatment, inform your doctor. It may take up to a year for the nail to regain clarity or near-clear appearance.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- redness at the place where you applied ciclopirox
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- irritation, itching, burning, blistering, swelling, or oozing at the place where you applied ciclopirox
- pain at the affected nail(s) or surrounding area
- discoloration or change in shape of nail(s)
- ingrown nail
Prior to utilizing ciclopirox, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any allergies you may have, whether related to ciclopirox or other sources. This product might include inactive components that could lead to allergic reactions or other complications.
Before employing this medication, share your medical history with your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have diabetes or experience numbness in your fingers or toes, such as diabetic neuropathy.
During pregnancy, use this medication solely if the necessity is evident. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.
The passage of this medication into breast milk is not fully understood. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Form and Strength
Penlac Nail Lacquer is available in the following forms and strengths:
Penlac Nail Lacquer solution:
How long does it take for Penlac Nail Lacquer to work on toenail fungus?
It may take 6 months or longer before you notice that your nails are getting better.
Can children use Penlac Nail Lacquer?
Different forms of ciclopirox have been approved by the FDA for different ages. Penlac Nail Lacquer is safe in children 12 years and older.