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Ciclopirox is a synthetic antifungal. It is used for dermatological treatment of conditions like superficial mycoses. It is applied topically on the skin. It functions by stopping the growth of fungus in the toenails and fingernails.

On using Ciclopirox you may experience side effects such as burning sensation, redness, swelling, irregular heartbeat, rash, dandruff, headache and skin problems. In case of severe reactions contact your health care provider right away.

Before using this medication notify your doctor if you have any of these following conditions. If you have allergies to any foods, medicines, substances, you have a history of organ transplant, you are taking any prescription or non-prescription drugs and/or you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant anytime soon or are breastfeeding a baby.

The dosage for Ciclopirox should be prescribed by your doctor based on your condition. Before using this medication ensure to wash your hands and clean the affected area. Do not wrap the treated area with bandages or any piece of clothing. If the symptoms do not go away even after 4 weeks then notify your doctor immediately.

In addition to its intended effect, Ciclopirox may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Application site itching
Burning sensation
Skin redness.
Is It safe with alcohol?
No interaction found
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
Cicloxola gel is probably safe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effect on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
Cicloxola gel is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Does this affect kidney function?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Does this affect liver function?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Ciclopirox as ingredient
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Cipla Ltd
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Sanofi India Ltd
Carise Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Apple Therapeutics Pvt Ltd
Micro Labs Ltd
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.
What are you using Ciclopirox for?
Fungal Infections
How much was the improvement?
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
More than 2 days
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Twice a day
How did you take this medicine?
With Food

Popular Questions & Answers

I'm suffering from Heavy Dandruff And I Apply Lemon on my Head And After I Bath that's Gone but after 2 days Dandruff Come again This time More How to Clear Dandruff completely from My Head What I Will Do For That.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
I'm suffering from Heavy Dandruff And I Apply Lemon on my Head And After I Bath that's Gone
but after 2 days Dandruff...
Dandruff is a kind of skin disease and it will never go by applying anything externally.. Better take internal Homoeopathic treatment.. You can consult me through lybrate.. Till then take Kali Sulph 30 TDs...

I've been suffering from dandruff and also the tiny pimples on my face for the past 2 yrs. I was advised to use take terbinafine tablets, sebifin cream followed by sebowash shampoo for treating dandruff and tretinoin cream for pimples. After some days I could find the difference. But after a month or 2, I'm getting the same problem. The doctor again prescribes the same. And I fear using sebowash too much as I feel that my hair is changing its original colour. I went to homeopathy then, I took scalpton tablets, which I found no beneficial results. Pls help me. I want a permanent cure. I'm 22 now. I'm literally stressed with this problem.

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery(M.B.B.S), Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine, Fellowship in Hair Transplant Surgery
Aesthetic Medicine Specialist, Mumbai
I've been suffering from dandruff and also the tiny pimples on my face for the past 2 yrs. I was advised to use take ...
Firstly try to lead a stressfree lyf. For dandruff use ciclopirox composition shampoo such as cipla 8x thrice weekly. For acne use brevoxyl creamy wash thrice daily. Apply deriva bpo gel over comedonal acne & leave it overnight. Use a non comedogenic sunscreen like suncote gel once daily.
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I have a habit of pulling out my hairs by applying force (not too much but certainly its large enough. When I study I inadvertently pick up hairs. Usually one hair used to come but since I was diagnosed with dandruff I got 5 hairs in my hand which scared me. Is it a thing to worry? I do not have any symptom of balding though I have a very big forehead since childhood which leads me to my second question. I recently went to a doctor (hair transplant) I showed her how I have a big forehead but she said its not as large as I think but she said it can be corrected with transplant when I pressurize her if there is any solution. I am 21 years of age. I have not experienced balding. I did start to shed due to dandruff which the doctor identified and told me I had quite a lot of dandruff. Is it right to go for transplant now? It can certainly cure the problem yet I worry if its too early.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Dermatology, Venerology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mohali
I have a habit of pulling out my hairs by applying force (not too much but certainly its large enough. When I study I...
Hi I can understand your concern I would suggest you to first control your dandruff using various shampoos containing ketoconazole, zpto, ciclopirox as dandruff also aggravates the hair fall problem secondly, your habit of pulling of hairs leads to balding sooner or later. This is called trichotillomania. We need to treat this otherwise even after the hair transplant we might face the problem of balding after this if you wish to go ahead with the hair transplant you can, hope this helps in case of further query .you can discuss on my page I would be happy to help regards.
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I have pimple on my face and it is also on the back it's been happening for 3 years pimples are also on my head. What should i do for this?

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
I have  pimple on my face and it is also on the back it's been happening for 3 years pimples are also on my head. Wha...
Wash your face twice daily to remove impurities, dead skin cells, and extra oil from your skin's surface, avoid touching your face or picking up the pimples and blotches as it further spreads the bacteria. A dietary therapy with the right medications for pimples can also help a lot. Drink lots of water. You may use salicylic acid face wash. For scalp acne ,gently washing the scalp regularly with shampoo and warm water can help many conditions improve on their own. It is important to minimize irritation to the scalp that can come from razors, hair products, high heat, and chemical treatments. These can cause inflammation and irritation that can lead to further complications. The kinder you are to your scalp and skin, the less likely you are to have problems. The key to treating scalp acne is to prevent your pores from clogging. It’s the oil blockage and buildup that causes acne. Keeping your scalp clean is important. But you’ll want to make sure your shampoo or conditioner isn’t causing your scalp acne. If you suspect your shampoo or conditioner is causing the issue, you may consider trying some new products. For mild and moderate acne try products with ingredients like: salicylic acid: exfoliates dead skin cells so they do not enter pores and cause acne, but less effective than benzoyl peroxide glycolic acid: helps with exfoliation and kills micro bacteria ketoconazole or ciclopirox: antifungal agents in antidandruff shampoos tea tree oil: antibacterial properties may help fight acne jojoba oil: may not get rid of acne, but adding to your shampoo may help reduce acne inflammation Consult a dermatologist for proper treatment.
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I was a problem in my nails and it become fully black and some time it cause an pain. Please advise

Internal Medicine Specialist, Kendujhar
I was a problem in my nails and it become fully black and some time it cause an pain. Please advise
Hello, Thanks for your query on Lybrate As per your clinical history is concerned please follow like this - 1) Do a clinical examination by your dermatologist and he will scarp debris under your nail and it will be examined for exact cause of infection. 2) Discuss with your Doctor about (terbinafine and itraconazole) for 4 months 3) Use (ciclopirox) and it is a nail polish and it is an OTC medication and you have to use it for 1 year. Do take few preventive steps like this - 1) Try to wash your hands and feet regularly and keep your nails short and dry. Wash your hands and feet with soap and water, rinse, and dry thoroughly, including between the toes. Trim nails straight across and file down thickened areas. 2) Try to wear socks that absorb sweat. Fabrics effective at wicking away moisture include wool, nylon and polypropylene. Change your socks often, especially if you have sweaty feet. 3) Choose shoes that reduce humidity. It also helps to occasionally take off your shoes or wear open-toe footwear. Discard old shoes. If possible, avoid wearing old shoes, which can harbor fungi and cause a reinfection. Or treat them with disinfectants or antifungal powders. 4) Use an antifungal spray or powder. Spray or sprinkle your feet and the insides of your shoes. Wear rubber gloves. This protects your hands from overexposure to water. Between uses, turn the gloves inside out to dry. 5) Don't trim or pick at the skin around your nails. This may give germs access to your skin and nails. Don't go barefoot in public places. Wear sandals or shoes around pools, showers, and locker rooms. Choose a reputable nail salon. Make sure the place you go for a manicure or pedicure sterilizes its instruments. Better yet, bring your own and disinfect them after use. 6) Give up nail polish and artificial nails. Although it may be tempting to hide nail fungal infections under a coat of pretty pink polish, this can trap unwanted moisture and worsen the infection. 7) Wash your hands after touching an infected nail. Nail fungus can spread from nail to nail. 8) Do check your fasting blood sugar every 3 months Hope that helps.

Popular Health Tips

Care of nails

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Chennai
1.Trim the nails regularly. While trimming, try to trim nails straight rather than curving sharply at corners especially the great toe nails which are prone to start growing inwards at the sides and become painful.
2. Avoid biting nails or chewing nails.
3. Avoid cutting or pushing the part of skin sealing the space where the nail starts in fingers as they act as barriers to prevent infection.
4. Never rip or bite a small piece of skin next to finger nail or toenail
5. In old people with thick nails, it’s easier to cut the nails after soaking in water for 30 minutes.

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Nail Care

Dermatologist, Mumbai
Nail Care

In order to understand both how to keep your nails healthy and how they can act as an indicator of health problems, first you have to know that fingernails are made of layers of a protein called keratin. This protein is also found in your skin and hair But your nails are more than just keratin. Your nails comprise several different components:

  • The nail plate is the part of the nail that you can see.
  • The skin around your nails is referred to as nail folds.
  • The skin that is covered by your nail is known as a nail bed.
  • cuticle is the tissue that covers the bottom of your nail to protect newly formed keratin as your nail grows.
  • The white half-moon seen at the base of your nail is called a lunula.

Basic nail care is fairly simple, and contributes greatly to overall nail health. By incorporating nail care into your normal routine, it also allows you to grow familiar enough with your normal nail health to notice when abnormal issues arise.

The first step is to keep your nails clean and dry to prevent bacterial and fungal infections, and never cut or remove your cuticles, as this can cause infections. Improve the strength of your nails by trimming them straight across and rounding them slightly with a nail file. This also helps to prevent ingrown fingernails. File nail snags as soon as possible to prevent them from catching on things such as clothing, which can tear the nail into the nail bed .Prevent damage by rubbing hand lotion into your nails and nail bed. This will help to strengthen your nails and prevent splitting. Also, try to avoid using your nails to pick or pry at things, as this can also cause damage to your nails.

 One of the most important things you can do is not bite your nails. As mentioned earlier, nail biting can cause infections not only around your nails, but also in your mouth. Chronic nail biting can lead to abnormal nail growth, and even nail deformities. To prevent nail biting, try applying acrylic nails or use a bitter-tasting polish until you are able to break the habit.

Whether you wear them short and unpolished or use them to express your personality by adorning them with color and jewels, nails -- and their health -- are important, so don't neglect them. Not only are they a canvas for self-expression, they also tell us when we might be ill, so be sure to give your fingernails the attention they deserve.

Nail Care!

MBBS, DDV, Aesthetic medicine
Dermatologist, Delhi
Nail Care!

Your nails can be easily hardened by applying protein nail hardeners or products which contain nylon as they seal the moisture and provide hard surface over the nails.

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Weak nails

Bachelor of science, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Meerut
Weak nails
To strengthen and shine nails, combine 2 tsp. Salt, 2 tsp. Castor oil, and 1 tsp. Wheat germ oil and mix thoroughly. Pour into bottle. Shake before using. To use, rub a small amount into your nails. Leave on 3-5 minutes and tissue off. Follow up with more plain castor oil, if desired.

Nail Health

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mohali
Nail Health

Dip your gentle nails into warm and olive oil every once in a while for 15-20 minutes to make them hard.

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About Ciclopirox
When is Ciclopirox prescribed?
What are the side effects of Ciclopirox?
Key highlights of Ciclopirox
Medicines containing Ciclopirox
What are the interactions for Ciclopirox?