Ciclopirox

Description

Ciclopirox is an antifungal medication used to treat infections caused by fungi affecting your scalp, skin, and nails. This medicine works by stopping the growth of fungi and preventing the spread of infection. This medicine is not used for infections caused by other microorganisms like bacteria, parasites, etc. Ciclopirox may show some side effects like skin rash, dry and irritated skin. These side effects often subside on their own after some time. Ciclopirox is for external use only. It is available in various forms like cream, lotion, scalp lotion, shampoo, spray, and nail lacquer. Use this medicine as directed by your doctor. Your doctor may advise a patch test (a procedure done on the skin) to see if this medicine suits you or not. Wash your hands before and after applying the medicine. Do not stop using this medicine without consulting your doctor. Ciclopirox should be avoided if you are allergic to it. This medicine is not recommended for use in children below the age of 10 years. Inform your doctor about all your current medicines. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant, or are breastfeeding before using this medicine.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Ciclopirox

  • Nail discolouration
  • Skin rash
  • Sudden hair loss (alopecia)
  • Burning, itching, and irritation of the skin
  • Dry skin

Uses of Ciclopirox

What is it prescribed for?

  • Onychomycosis
  • Athlete's foot
  • Jock itch
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Tinea Corporis
  • Cutaneous Candidiasis
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for Ciclopirox to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The time duration for which Ciclopirox remains active in your body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported for Ciclopirox.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    The effect of Ciclopirox during pregnancy is not known. Hence, if you are pregnant, consult your doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    Ciclopirox may be used while breastfeeding upon your doctor's recommendation. A very low amount of this medicine will get absorbed into your blood after topical administration. Hence, the risk to your baby is minimal. However, avoid application to the nipple area.

Allergy

Ciclopirox is not recommended for use if you are allergic to it. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms such as skin rash, swelling and/or itching (especially in the face, lips, throat), breathing difficulty, etc.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

The effect of Ciclopirox during pregnancy is not known. Hence, if you are pregnant, consult your doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

Ciclopirox may be used while breastfeeding upon your doctor's recommendation. A very low amount of this medicine will get absorbed into your blood after topical administration. Hence, the risk to your baby is minimal. However, avoid application to the nipple area.
General warnings

External Use only

Ciclopirox is recommended for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes, mucous membranes, or open wounds.

Use in Children

Ciclopirox is not recommended for use in children below 10 years of age as the safety and efficacy data are not clinically established.

Missed Dose

Apply the missed dose of Ciclopirox as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not apply a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

An overdose of Ciclopirox is not likely to cause severe symptoms unless it is applied for a prolonged period of time in large volumes. However, ingestion of this medicine may cause harm and immediate medical intervention may be required.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Ciclopirox should be used as instructed by your doctor. Follow all the usage instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. For cream and lotion, apply a thin layer of Ciclopirox to the affected areas. Avoid covering the application area with bandages or other coverings unless specifically instructed by the doctor. Avoid contact with eyes, mouth, wounds, or broken skin. For nail lacquer, apply it evenly over the entire nail plate and 5 mm of surrounding skin. For Ciclopirox shampoo, apply the medicine on wet hair and gently rub to create lather. Leave for 3 minutes and then rinse off with water. Avoid contact with your eyes. Maintain good personal hygiene and dry yourself completely after shower to avoid getting fungal infections. Avoid wearing tight-fitted clothes and shoes as they can entrap moisture. Complete the whole treatment for maximum benefits. Contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after four weeks of use. Keep this medicine away from children and pets.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
Ciclopirox prevents the growth of fungi and helps to treat fungal infections.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Topical antifungals

Schedule

Schedule H

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Information on this page was last updated on 7 Oct 2021

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