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Penlac nail lacquer

Generic name: ciclopirox topical [ sye-kloe-PEER-ox-TOP-i-kal ]
Drug class: Topical antifungals

What is Penlac nail lacquer?

Penlac is a medicine for treating fungus that stops the growth of fungus in your face.Penlac nail lacquer can be used for treating fungal diseases that affect those with fungal infections of the fingernails.Penlac can also be used to treat conditions not covered in this guide to medication.


Make use of Penlac for the entire duration of the prescribed time. The symptoms could improve prior to the infection being completely eliminated. The absence of doses can increase the risk of a subsequent infection that is resistant to antibiotics.

Do not get Penlac nail lacquer in your nose, eyes, or mouth. If it does happen, wash your mouth with water.

Before you take this drug

You shouldn't use Penlac if you have an allergy to ciclopirox.

To ensure that Penlac is appropriate for you, ask your physician if you suffer from:

  • Diabetes;
  • Epilepsy, or any other seizure disorder;
  • A deficient immune system (caused through illness or the use of certain medications) or
  • A condition that requires you to be prescribed steroid medication (including breathing disorders or skin problems).

Penlac isn't expected to harm the unborn baby. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant while receiving treatment.

It isn't known if ciclopirox can be absorbed by breast milk or whether it can harm the nursing infant. Consult your physician if you are breastfeeding a baby.

Do not apply this medication to children without medical guidance. Penlac nail lacquer is not recommended to be used by anyone younger than 12.

Similar/related drugs

terbinafine, itraconazole, Lamisil, griseofulvin, topical ciclopirox, Jublia, and Sporanox

How to take Penlac nail lacquer?

Make use of Penlac nail lacquer in the exact manner advised by your doctor. Avoid using in greater quantities, in smaller amounts, or for a longer period than is recommended. Follow the instructions on the prescription label.

Take note of all patient information, including medication guides and instructions provided to you. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor for assistance if you have concerns.

To use Penlac nail lacquer:

  • Apply to the nails and the skin immediately around them. Avoid contact with other skin areas. Take off any nail that is loose or material with nail clippers or the nail file.
  • Apply nail lacquer from Penlac once every day (preferably before bedtime) on the affected nails with the applicator brush that is provided. Apply the lacquer in a uniform manner to all nails. If you can use the lacquer on the nail's bottom and also on the skin underneath it, Let the lacquer be dry (approximately 30-seconds) before applying shoes or socks. After applying the medicine and allowing it to dry, wait for 8 hours before showering or taking a bath.
  • Put on Penlac nail lacquer every day after the last coat. Every week, you should remove the nail lacquer using alcohol. As much as you can of the nail that is damaged using nail clippers or a nail file.
  • To stop the cap screw from securing onto the bottle, don't let the solution get into the treads on the bottle. To stop the solution from drying out, make sure to seal the bottle tight after each use.

The treatment with this medication can take several months before the initial improvement of symptoms occurs. For up to 48 weeks, every day's application of nail lacquer, a monthly removal of the infected nail by a medical doctor, and weekly trimming of the nail by the patient might be necessary for complete treatment.

Make sure to take this medicine for the prescribed duration. The symptoms could improve until the infection is fully eliminated. In addition, skipping doses could increase your chance of developing a new infection that is not able to be treated with antifungal medications.

Keep Penlac nail lacquer at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light.

Penlac nail lacquer can be highly flammable. Avoid near flames, and don't smoke until the lacquer has been completely absorbed by your skin.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Utilize the dose you missed immediately after you recall.Be sure to avoid missed doses when you're getting close to the time of the next dose. Don't use any extra medication to replace the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

A fatal dose of Penlac is not likely to cause harm. Get medical attention immediately or contact the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if you have accidentally swallowed the drug.

What should be avoided?

Avoid contact with your eyes, nose, or the inside of your mouth. If you do happen to touch them, wash your mouth with water.Beware of other medications that can affect the areas that you treat with Penlac unless your physician tells you to.

Avoid using nail polish, fake nails, or any other cosmetic nail products on your nails that have been treated with Penlac nail lacquer.Do not wear tight-fitting synthetic clothing that does not permit air flow. Wear loose-fitting clothes made of cotton or various natural fibers until the healing process is complete.

Side effects of Penlac Nail Lacquer

Get immediate medical attention. If you show symptoms of an allergic reaction to Penlac nail lacquer, such as hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue,

Stop using this medicine immediately and contact your doctor immediately if you are suffering from:

  • Extreme or unusual itching or burning sensation, dryness, or irritation of the skin treated;
  • The nails. The nail color or other changes

Some common penlac-related side effects could include:

  • Minor burning, itching, or itching

This isn't an exhaustive overview of the various negative side negative effects. There are other possibilities for this to happen. Ask your doctor for guidance on the effects of medicine. If you have any concerns, report the reaction to FDA by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction with other drugs

Inform your doctor about all the medicines you are currently taking and any new medications you begin or stop using, in particular:

  • A topical or inhaled medication containing steroids; an inhaled or topical steroid medicine
  • Seizure medication;

It's not likely that other medications you take in the form of injections or oral tablets will have an effect on the topically applied ciclopirox. However, there are many drugs that interfere with one another. Inform your doctor of any medications you are taking. This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter or vitamin products, as well as herbal products. Don't start an entirely new drug without consulting your physician.