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Medications and Drugs

Brand Names: Ciclodan, Ciclodan Kit, CNL8 Nail, Loprox, Pedipirox-4, Penlac Nail Lacquer

Generic Name: ciclopirox topical (Pronunciation: sye kloe PEER ox TOP i kal)

What is ciclopirox topical (Ciclodan, Ciclodan Kit, CNL8 Nail, Loprox, Pedipirox-4, Penlac Nail Lacquer)?

Ciclopirox is an antifungal medication. Ciclopirox topical prevents fungus from growing.

Ciclopirox topical (for the skin) cream, gel, and lotion formulations are used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections.

Ciclopirox shampoo is used to treat seborrheic dermatitis (inflammatory skin condition) of the scalp.

Ciclopirox nail lacquer is used to treat fungal infections of the toenails and fingernails.

Ciclopirox topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of ciclopirox topical?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using ciclopirox and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • unusual or severe itching, redness, burning, dryness, or irritation of treated skin; or
  • discoloration or other changes in the nails.

Less serious side effects may include mild burning, itching, or redness.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about ciclopirox topical?

You should not use ciclopirox topical if you are allergic to it.

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If this does happen, rinse with water.

Do not use bandages or dressings that do not allow air to circulate (occlusive dressings) on areas treated with ciclopirox cream or lotion, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Wear loose-fitting clothing (preferably cotton).

Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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