ciclopirox lacquer - topical, PENLAC
GENERIC NAME: CICLOPIROX LACQUER - TOPICAL (cyc-low-PIE-rocks)
BRAND NAME(S): PENLAC
USES: This medication is used to treat fungal infections of the fingernails and toenails. It is used as part of a treatment program that includes the removal of unattached, infected nails by a health care professional as frequently as once a month.Ciclopirox is an antifungal drug that works by stopping the growth of fungus.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using ciclopirox lacquer and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions about the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Before starting treatment, remove any loose nail material using nail clippers or a file. If you have diabetes or numbness in your fingers/toes, talk to your doctor before filing or trimming your own nails. It may be safer for your doctor to file or remove your nails.Apply ciclopirox usually once daily at bedtime or as directed by your doctor. Using the applicator provided, apply this medication to the entire affected nail, the nail bed, and a small area of skin close to the nail (up to 5 millimeters or 1/5 of an inch, all the way around). If the applicator can reach the undersurface of the nail and the skin under the nail, apply the medication to those areas as well. Avoid contact with skin that is not right next to the affected nail. Avoid getting the medicine in your eyes, nose or mouth.Let dry for 30 seconds before putting on socks or stockings. Do not wash the treated area for at least 8 hours.Each day, apply the dose over the previous coat of medication. Every seventh day, remove the medication from the nail by applying alcohol, trim the nail, and file away loose nail material.Do not use this product near heat or open flame. Do not use nail polish or other cosmetic nail products on nails that are being treated.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished. Stopping the medication too early may not cure the infection, allowing the fungus to return.It may take up to 6 months of treatment with removal of infected nails by a health care professional to notice an improvement. It may take up to one year to see a clear or almost clear nail.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after six months of treatment.
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