Penlac Nail Lacquer is a topical medical solution made up of an antifungal drug called ciclopirox. We carry the brand choice of this medication in 8%!
Penlac Nail Lacquer is used to treat fungal infections of the fingernails and toenails (onychomycosis). This medication makes up half the treatment; the other half of treatment includes the removal of unattached, infected nails by a professional health care provider as often as once a month. Symptoms of onychomycosis include yellow nail discoloration, thickening of the nail, and separation of the nail from the nail bed. These infections are caused when fungi invades a damaged fingernail or toenail.
Penlac Nail Lacquer (ciclopirox) is effective at treating fungal infections of the finger/toenails because it is able to prevent the fungus from growing further, so the immune system can heal the infection and remove the fungi much quicker and easier.
Penlac Nail Lacquer (ciclopirox) should be taken exactly the way your doctor has prescribed it to you. Do not use more or less of this medication and do not stop using it unless directed to by your doctor.
Use this product on the nails and surrounding skin once a day, while avoiding contact with other areas. Apply this medication with the applicator brush provided. Apply an even layer over the entire nail. If possible, apply the nail lacquer to the underside of the nail and to the skin below it. Allow the medicine to dry for 30 seconds before putting on socks or stockings. After applying, wait 8 hours before taking a shower or bath. Apply the medicine over top of the previous coat. At the end of the week, remove the nail lacquer with alcohol and remove any damaged nails using nail clippers or a nail file.
Do not use Penlac Nail Lacquer (ciclopirox)
This product contained ciclopirox and should not be used by those who are allergic to it.
This drug should not be used by children unless directed to by a doctor.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
Before starting treatment, it is important to tell your doctor if you have diabetes, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, a weak immune system, or a condition for which you use steroid medications.
This drug is not expected to harm an unborn baby but it is still recommended you tell your doctor if you become pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant.
It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk or if it will harm a nursing infant. Before breast feeding, consult your doctor about all the risks and benefits.
Common side effects of Penlac Nail Lacquer (ciclopirox) may include:
mild burning, itching, or redness.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Penlac Nail Lacquer (ciclopirox) may include:
unusual or severe itching, redness, burning, dryness, or irritation of treated skin; or
discoloration or other changes in the nails.
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…
allergic reaction: sneezing and an itchy, runny or blocked nose (allergic rhinitis), itchy, red, or watering eyes (conjunctivitis), wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, cough, a raised itchy, red rash (hives) or swollen lips, tongue, eyes or face.
How can I prevent the screw cap from sticking to the bottle?
To prevent this from occurring; do not allow the solution to get into the bottle treads (cap). You may also want to ensure the lid is tightly closed when not in use to prevent it from drying up.
What if I miss a dose?
If you forget, simply apply the missed dose when you remember. If you next scheduled dose is approaching, skip the miss dose and continue as scheduled. Do not use extra medicine during the next dose to make up for the missed dose.
What else should I know about this product?
This product is flammable. Avoid using this product around open flames and avoid smoking until the gel has completely dried.
Can I still wear nail polish during the time of treatment?
No. Avoid putting anything on your fingernails until your infection has completely healed.