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Updated 11 February 2013

Amorolfine

Amorolfine is an antifungal drug indicated for the treatment of fungal nail infections of both the hands and feet.

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Amorolfine is the active ingredient of Loceryl 5%.

General information

Amorolfine is an antifungal drug indicated for the treatment of fungal nail infections of both the hands and feet. These infections are often difficult to treat and do not go away on their own if left untreated. A course of treatment with amorolfine will generally last for 6-12 months, depending on the size of the nail and how fast it grows. Don't expect to see any difference during the first three months of treatment.

Amorolfine does not get absorbed systemically when applied as directed, and side effects are almost non-existent. Before applying the nail lacquer, as much of the affected nail as possible should be filed away. This will improve diffusion of the active ingredient across the nail into the nail bed.

Avoid using cosmetic nail varnish while using this medication.

How does amorolfine work?

When amorolfine is painted on the nail, the active ingredient diffuses through the nail plate and concentrates in the nail bed. This medication has a fungicidal effect, meaning that is does not kill the fungal infection, but merely slows it down, preventing it from spreading to new parts of the nail. While using this product, the infected part of the nail will slowly grow out.

Fast facts

Drug schedule: Schedule 2

Available as: Nail lacquer

What does it do? Amorolfine is an anti-fungal medication

Overdose risk: Low

Dependence risk: Low

Available as a generic? No

Available on prescription only? No

User information

Stopping this medicine: Do not stop using this medication before the prescribed course has been completed. Failure to do so may result in a recurrence of the infection.

Prolonged use: No problems are foreseen; use only for the period directed.

Special precautions

Avoid contact of this medication with the eyes and mucous membranes

Consult your doctor before using this drug if:

  • you have a know circulatory disorder
  • you have diabetes mellitus
  • you have nail dystrophy or a destroyed nail plate

Pregnancy: Avoid. Potential risk to the foetus has been reported. Consult your doctor before use, or if you are planning to fall pregnant

Breastfeeding: Avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before use.

Porphyria: Avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your condition. Consult your doctor before use.

Infants and children: No special precautions need to be taken; avoid oral ingestion

Elderly: No special precautions need to be taken.

Driving and hazardous work: No special precautions need to be taken.

Alcohol: No special precautions need to be taken.

Possible side effects

Side effect

Frequency

Consult your doctor

Common

Rare

Only if severe

In all cases

Local irritation

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x

Burning

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x

Overdose action

A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of oral ingestion seek emergency medical attention.

Recommended dosage

The paint should be applied 1-2 times a week in a thin, even layer on the affected nails.

This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for informational purposes only. Please consult a physician for specific treatment and recommendations.

 

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