ciclopirox, Penlac, Loprox

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GENERIC NAME: ciclopirox

BRAND NAME: Penlac, Loprox

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Ciclopirox is a synthetic broad-spectrum antifungal agent that inhibits the growth of dermatophytes, a type of fungus that grows on the skin, hair, and nails. When applied to skin a very small percentage is absorbed into the body. It was approved for use in the U.S. by the FDA in December 1999.



PREPARATIONS: Solution: 8%; Cream/lotion/gel: 0.77%; Shampoo: 1%

STORAGE: Ciclopirox should be stored at room temperature, 15-30 C (59-86 F). Use or storage near heat or open flame should be avoided since the solution is flammable.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Ciclopirox is used topically (on the skin or nails) for treating mild or moderate finger or toenail fungus (onychomycosis), athlete's foot, ringworm, jock itch, tinea versicolor, and seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp.

DOSING: Ciclopirox is applied once or twice a day to affected areas depending on the condition being treated.

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