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Ciclopirox Topical Solution (CICLOPIROX LACQUER - TOPICAL)

This medicine is used for the following purposes:

  • skin infection caused by fungus
  • nail infection

Brand Name(s): Ciclodan

Generic Name: Ciclopirox


DO NOT take this medicine by mouth.

Use the applicator to apply the medicine to the affected area.

Before applying the medicine, clean the nails and surrounding skin. Remove any loose parts of the nail with a nail clipper or file.

Apply the medicine evenly over the entire nail. Apply to the skin underneath the nail where possible.

Allow the medicine to dry for about a minute before putting on socks or stockings.

Use only on the nails and surrounding skin. Avoid getting on other areas of the skin or in your eyes.

Once a week, remove the medicine with alcohol, and clip or file away loose nail material, then reapply the medicine.

To keep the screw cap from sticking to the bottle, do not allow the solution to spill onto the outside of the bottle or onto the cap.

Keep the medicine at room temperature. Avoid heat and direct light.

Do not apply other lotions, creams or gels to the same place you apply this medicine.

Do not use nail polish or other nail products while using this medicine.

Avoid getting the medicine in the eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash the medicine off your fingers after applying it.

Let the medicine dry completely before allowing anyone else to touch the area.

Wash your hands after using this medicine unless your hands are part of the area being treated.

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth after handling the medicine.

If medicine gets in your eyes, rinse well with warm water.

After applying medicine, try to keep the area dry.

Do not shower, bathe, or swim for at least 8 hours after applying the medicine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all your medicines. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines.

Do not freeze the medicine.

This medicine is flammable. Do not use it near heaters, open flame or while smoking. Do not crush, puncture, or burn container.


Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the missed dose. Return to your normal schedule. Do not take 2 doses at one time.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • burning or stinging
  • itching
  • skin irritation where medicine is applied

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • blistering or peeling of the skin

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.


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