ciclopirox topical (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using ciclopirox topical?
You should not use ciclopirox if you are allergic to it.
To make sure you can safely use ciclopirox, tell your doctor if you have other medical conditions, especially:
FDA pregnancy category B. Ciclopirox topical is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether ciclopirox topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use ciclopirox topical?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Wash your hands before and after using this medication, unless you are using ciclopirox to treat a hand condition.
To apply the cream, gel, or lotion:
To use ciclopirox shampoo:
It may take up to 4 weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using ciclopirox.
To use ciclopirox nail lacquer:
Treatment with ciclopirox nail lacquer may require several months before initial improvement of symptoms is noticed. Up to 48 weeks of daily application of the nail lacquer, monthly removal of the unattached infected nail by a health care professional, and weekly trimming by the patient may be required for complete treatment.
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.
Store all forms of this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Once a bottle of ciclopirox shampoo is opened, it should be used within 8 weeks.
Ciclopirox nail lacquer is flammable. Avoid using near open flame, and do not smoke until the gel has completely dried on your skin.
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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