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What is Loprox Gel (Ciclopirox) prescribed for?

A fungal infection, also called mycosis, is a skin disease caused by a fungus. There are literally millions of species of bacteria. They live in the dirt, on plants, on household surfaces and even on your skin. And sometimes it can lead to skin problems like rashes or bumps.

This medication is a treatment for fungal skin infections, notably athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm. It is also known to treat another skin condition, such as pityriasis.  Which is a fungal infection that causes the lightening or darkening of the skin, on the neck, chest, arms and legs. Overall, this medication works by stopping the growth of the fungus.

This medication is to be applied to the skin only. Make sure to clean and dry the affected area. When you’re ready, shake the body well before use. Then apply a thin layer of film of the medication on and around the area you’re treating. And then gently rub into the skin.  This is usually done twice a day. Make sure to wash your hands after use. Do not wrap, cover or bandage the area unless told to do so otherwise by your doctor.

Do not apply this medication in the eyes, nose or mouth or inside the vagina. If you do get this medication in these areas, make sure to flush thoroughly with plenty of water.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Ciclopirox; or to any other medications or allergies in general.

Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform you doctor if you have had any serious health issues in the past.

Some of these side effects may occur when taking this medication, they are as follows; Burning, redness, or itching at the application site may occur. However if any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor right away.

If you are experiencing any of these rare but very serious side effects, seek medical help right away. The side effects are as follows; blistering/swelling/oozing at the application site.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.


 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.


 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.


 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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