Amorolfine is an antifungal treatment for fungal infections of the fingernails and toenails.
Apply the nail lacquer once each week.
You may need 6 to 12 months of treatment.
About amorolfine nail lacquer
|Type of medicine||Antifungal|
|Used for||Fungal infections of the fingernails and toenails|
|Also called||Curanail®; Loceryl®; Omicur®|
|Available as||Nail lacquer|
Amorolfine is used to treat fungal infections in fingernails or toenails. A fungal nail infection can often spread from a fungal skin infection. The infection causes your nail(s) to become thickened and discoloured, and can become painful. Although it may be necessary to take a course of antifungal tablets to treat a nail infection, some can be treated by applying an antifungal lacquer directly to the nail. This option may be suitable if the infection is just at the tip of your fingernail or toenail.
Amorolfine nail solution is suitable for use in adults. It is available on prescription or may be purchased from pharmacies. You may need six months of treatment for fingernails, and up to a year for toenails.
Before using amorolfine
To make sure this is the right treatment for you, before you start using amorolfine nail lacquer it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take/use medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- If you are taking any other medicines or using any other medicated skin preparations. This includes any which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine or a skin preparation.
How to apply amorolfine nail lacquer
- Before you start this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside your pack. The leaflet will give you more information about amorolfine and how to apply the nail lacquer.
- File down the affected nail with a nail file and then remove any previous nail lacquer with a cleaning pad provided in the pack. Using the applicator provided, coat the infected nail with lacquer, making sure that you apply it to the whole of the nail. Leave the lacquer to dry for 3-5 minutes. Apply the nail lacquer in this way, once each week. Some doctors may recommend that you use the lacquer twice-weekly - if so, follow your doctor's directions.
- Try to remember to use amorolfine regularly, as this will improve the outcome of your treatment.
- If after using amorolfine regularly for three months you do not feel there has been any improvement in your nail, make an appointment to visit your doctor for further advice.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Try to keep your nails cut short, and file down any thickened nail. Use a separate nail file or pair of scissors to trim an infected nail. Do not share any nail files/scissors with anyone else.
- Try to avoid any irritation or damage to your nails, and do not use any artificial nails or any other nail lacquers/varnishes on any nail(s) which you are treating.
Can amorolfine cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Rare amorolfine side-effects||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Broken or brittle nails, nail discolouration||This will pass as your nail regrows|
|Burning sensation||If this becomes troublesome, speak with your doctor|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this treatment, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store amorolfine
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
This preparation is for use on the skin only. If someone swallows some of it, go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.
This medicine is for you. Never give it to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.
Do not keep out-of-date or unwanted medicines. Take them to your local pharmacy which will dispose of them for you.
If you have any questions about this medicine ask your pharmacist.
Further reading & references
- Manufacturer's PIL, Loceryl Nail Lacquer 5%®; Galderma (UK) Ltd, The electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated November 2010.
- Manufacturer's PIL, Curanail 5% w/w Medicated Nail Lacquer®; Galderma (UK) Ltd, The electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated August 2012.
- British National Formulary; 65th Edition (Mar 2013) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
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Dr John Cox