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Penlac Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Loprox, Penlac Nail Lacquer

Generic Name: ciclopirox topical (Pronunciation: sye kloe PEER ox)

What is ciclopirox topical (Penlac)?

Ciclopirox is an antifungal medication. Ciclopirox topical prevents fungus from growing.

Ciclopirox topical cream and lotion formulations are used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections. Ciclopirox shampoo is used to treat seborrheic dermatitis (inflammatory skin condition) of the scalp. Ciclopirox topical nail lacquer is used to treat fungal infections of the toenails and fingernails.

Ciclopirox topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of ciclopirox topical (Penlac)?

Serious side effects of ciclopirox topical use are not expected to occur. Stop using ciclopirox topical and contact your doctor if you experience unusual or severe itching, redness, burning, dryness, or irritation of the skin or discoloration or other changes in the nails.

Mild burning, itching, or redness may occur with use of ciclopirox topical shampoo.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Penlac (ciclopirox topical solution) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about ciclopirox topical (Penlac)?

Avoid getting ciclopirox topical in the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Do not use bandages or dressings that do not allow air to circulate (occlusive dressings) on areas treated with ciclopirox cream or lotion, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Wear loose-fitting clothing (preferably cotton).

Use ciclopirox topical nail lacquer on nails and immediately surrounding skin only.

Ciclopirox topical nail lacquer is flammable, keep it away from heat and flame.

Use ciclopirox topical for the full amount of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely healed however, it is important to use the medication for the full amount of time.


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