Ciclopirox

Description

Ciclopirox is an antifungal medication used to treat infections caused by fungi and certain yeasts such as athlete's foot, jock itch, tinea infections, seborrheic dermatitis, etc. This medicine is not recommended for use if you are known allergic to it.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Ciclopirox

  • Nail discoloration
  • 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
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the 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.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to ciclopirox or any other ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
General warnings

External Use only

This medicine is recommended for external use only. This medicine should not be applied to eyes, vagina, mucous membranes, etc.

Use in Children

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients below 18 years of age unless prescribed by your physician, since the safety and efficacy of this medicine for use in children may vary based on the type of dosage form.

Missed Dose

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the 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 this medicine 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.
Use this medicine exactly as instructed by the doctor. Your dosage timings, forms, duration, and other attributes are subject to vary depending on the condition and hence adherence to the instruction by your physician is necessary to ensure safe and effective use of this medicine. Do not cover the application area with bandages or other coverings unless specifically instructed by the doctor. Contact your doctor if symptoms do not improve or resolve after four weeks of use.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by stopping the production of a certain vital component for the fungal cell wall. This results in disruption of cell membrane formation process and growth of the organism are stunted.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Topical antifungals

Schedule

Schedule H

[Internet]. Accessdata.fda.gov. 2018 [cited 16 October 2018]. Available from:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2013/018748s024,019824s023,020519s016lbl.pdf

[Internet]. Accessdata.fda.gov. 2018 [cited 16 October 2018]. Available from:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2012/021159s019lbl.pdf

[Internet]. Accessdata.fda.gov. 2018 [cited 16 October 2018]. Available from:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2004/21022s004lbl.pdf

Ciclopirox Topical: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 16 October 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a604021.html

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Information on this page was last updated on 25 Feb 2019

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