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Tavaborole topical

Generic name: tavaborole topical [TA-va-BOR-ole-TOP-ik-al]
Names of brands: Kerydin, Tavaborole
Dosage Form: topical solution (5%)
Drug class: Topical antifungals

What is Tavaborole topical?

Tavaborole topical is used for treating the fungal infection of the toenail known as onychomycosis (ON e the koe mye KOE sis). Tavaborole topical could also be used for other purposes not covered in this guideline.

Adverse reactions of Tavaborole:

See a doctor immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms that are warning signs of an allergic response, such as difficulty breathing, hives, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue. Tavaborole topical can cause serious adverse side effects. Consult your physician right away in the event of:

  • Significant redness, swelling, or any other irritated area of the toenail.

Common adverse results of tavaborole topical include:

  • Skin peeling or redness in the area where the medication was sprayed;
  • Itching or
  • Ingrown toenail.

This is not a comprehensive list of all the side effects. Other side effects could occur. Contact your doctor for advice regarding medical adverse effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Follow the directions on the medicine label and on the label of your package. Be sure to inform your health care providers about your medical issues, allergies, and the medicines you are taking.

Similar or related drugs

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

Before taking this medication

Tavaborole is not a drug that has been approved for use by anyone less than 6 years old.

It isn't known if tavaborole's topical effects will harm a baby who is not yet born. Inform your doctor that you're pregnant.

It is not recommended to breastfeed while using this medication. Consult your physician about any potential risks.

How to take Tavaborole Topical?

Follow the directions on the prescription label and go through all medication guides or instructions. Make sure you use the medicine exactly as prescribed.

Do not consume by mouth. This medication is intended for use only on toenails.

Tavaborole topical cream is typically applied every day for up to 48 weeks (approximately 11 months).

Be sure to read and adhere to any instructions for use that come with your medication. Consult your physician or pharmacist for clarification if you are unsure of the instructions.

Consult your physician if symptoms do not improve or if they become worse.

Take this medication for the prescribed duration, even if symptoms improve quickly. Not taking your doses regularly can increase the chance of developing an infection that is resistant to medications.

Keep at room temperature and free of heat and moisture. Close the bottle when not being used.

Tavaborole topical may be flammable. Avoid using near extreme temperatures or near an open flame. Don't smoke until the gel is completely dry on the nail.

Details on dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Onychomycosis—Toenail:

Apply this treatment to the affected toenail(s) daily for a period of 48 weeks.

The dropper provided is recommended for use.
The drug must be applied to all nail surfaces, including the tips of each treated nail.

Use: To treat onychomycosis that affects the toenail(s) caused by Trichophyton rubrum or T mentagrophytes.

Usual Dose for Children with Onychomycosis Toenail: 6 years or older Apply the medication to the affected toenail(s) every day during the period of 48 days.

The dropper supplied is recommended for use.
The drug must be applied to all nail surfaces, including the tips of each toenail that is treated.

Use: To treat onychomycosis that affects the toenail(s) caused by T rubrum or T mentagrophytes.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medication as quickly as you are able, but avoid the dose you missed if it is getting close to the time of the next dose. Don't take two doses at the same time.

What happens if I overdose?

The overdose of tavaborole topical isn't expected to be a danger. Get medical attention immediately or contact the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 in the event that anyone has accidentally swallowed the drug.

What should be avoided?

Do not apply tavaborole to any other skin, besides the cuticles, or on the skin that surrounds your toenail. Avoid getting this medication in your mouth, eyes, or vagina.

Interaction with other drugs

The medication you use on your toenails will not be affected by any other medications you take. However, many medications can interfere with each other. Inform your health care providers about the medications you are taking, which include prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies.