- What is ciclopirox, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What are the uses for ciclopirox?
- What are the side effects of ciclopirox?
- What is the dosage for ciclopirox?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with ciclopirox?
- Is ciclopirox safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about ciclopirox?
What is ciclopirox, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
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.
What brand names are available for ciclopirox?
Is ciclopirox available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for ciclopirox?
What are the side effects of ciclopirox?
Side effects of ciclopirox include:
What is the dosage for ciclopirox?
Ciclopirox is applied once or twice a day to affected areas depending on the condition being treated.
Which drugs or supplements interact with ciclopirox?
Use together with other medications for fungal infection is not recommended. Nail polish or other cosmetic products should not be used on the treated nails.
Is ciclopirox safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
When applied to skin a very small amount of ciclopirox is absorbed into the body. It is not known whether ciclopirox is excreted in breast milk. Because of a potential for side effects in the nursing infant, the physician must weigh the potential benefits and possible risks before prescribing ciclopirox to nursing mothers.
What else should I know about ciclopirox?
What preparations of ciclopirox are available?
Solution: 8%; Cream/lotion/gel: 0.77%; Shampoo: 1%
How should I keep ciclopirox stored?
Ciclopirox should be stored at room temperature, 15 C - 30 C (59 F - 86 F). Use or storage near heat or open flame should be avoided since the solution is flammable.
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Ciclopirox (Penlac, Loprox) is a medication prescribed to treat mild to moderate finger or toenail fungus, ringworm, jock itch, athlete's foot, tinea versicolor, and seborrheic dermatitis. Review side effects, drug interactions, and dosage information prior to taking this medication.
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Jock itch is an itchy red rash that appears in the groin area. The rash may be caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. People with diabetes and those who are obese are more susceptible to developing jock itch. Antifungal shampoos, creams, and pills may be needed to treat fungal jock itch. Bacterial jock itch may be treated with antibacterial soaps and topical and oral antibiotics.
The term "ringworm" or "ringworms" refers to fungal infections that are on the surface of the skin. A physical examination of the affected skin, evaluation of skin scrapings under the microscope, and culture tests can help doctors make the appropriate distinctions. A proper diagnosis is essential to successful treatment. Among the different types of ringworm are the following: tinea barbae, tinea capitis, tinea corporis, tinea cruris, tinea faciei, tinea manus, tinea pedis, and tinea unguium.
Fungal nails (onychomycosis) may be caused by many species of fungi, but the most common is Trichophyton rubrum. Distal subungal onychomycosis starts as a discolored area at the nail's corner and slowly spread toward the cuticle. In proximal subungal onychomycosis, the infection starts at the cuticle and spreads toward the nail tip. Yeast onychomycosis is caused by Candida and may be the most common cause of fungal fingernail.
Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a skin infection caused by the ringworm fungus. Symptoms include itching, burning, cracking, peeling, and bleeding feet. Treatment involves keeping the feet dry and clean, wearing shoes that can breathe, and using medicated powders to keep your feet dry.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition. Symptoms and signs include a red, scaling rash on the scalp, face, ears, and torso. Treatment often includes the use of a medicated shampoo and the application of a topical steroid lotion.
Tinea versicolor is a fungus infection that mainly affects the skin of young people. Recognized by light or reddish brown spots, and areas lighter than the surrounding skin. Tinea versicolor is caused by yeast actually found in our skin. Factors like heat, humidity, and sweat help it proliferate in people, resulting in a rash that is not contagious to others.
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