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Ciclopirox

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Ciclopirox is an antifungal medicine used in treating several skin infections. This medicine may not work well in areas with very thick skin areas like the sole of the feet and the palm of the hands.

Ciclopirox is used for the treatment of yeast skin infections and fungal such as ringworms, athlete’s foot, jock itch and other skin disorders. Ciclopirox is distributed under the brand name Loprox, Stieprox, Batrafen and Penlac.

Follow the instructions included in the package. You must clean and dry the affected area before applying the medicine. You must also wash your hands with soap and water before applying the solution. Apply the medicine twice a day or as prescribed by the doctor. If possible do not cover the affected area with bandage without the doctor’s advice.

Treatment may last two weeks or more before you see any improvement. You must continue using the medication as prescribed by the doctor even if the symptoms disappear. Doing so may allow the infections to return again. Visit your doctor if there are no improvements after several weeks of treatment.

Ciclopirox may cause some side effects to the skin especially during the early period of treatment. Some of the common side effects include redness or stinging, itching and burning sensation on the applied area of the skin. These side effects are temporary and will disappear after a few days of treatment. If in case any of the side effects continues or become worst, immediately consult your doctor.

There are rare cases of serious side effects such as rashes, swelling, itching, trouble in breathing, and dizziness. If serious side effects occur, you must go to a hospital immediately.

Before administering Ciclopirox, you must inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have allergies to the medicine or other drugs. Tell your doctor all the prescribed and non-prescribed drugs that you are using in order to determine if any of the drugs will interact with the medication. You must also inform if you have large area of fungal skin infections, immune system disorders, fingernails infections and toenail infections.

This medication shall only be used by pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers if badly needed. For safety reasons, a consultation with a doctor is necessary.

Ciclopirox is a prescribed drug based on the kind of infection you have. Do not use the medication for other skin infections unless you have consulted your doctor or pharmacist. Ciclopirox should not be shared to others even with the same case of infection.

While under medication, you must always clean and dry the affected area of the skin so as to get the full benefit of the medicine. Avoid wearing shoes or tight leggings on the infected area to avoid the growth of fungus.

After applying the medication, avoid contact with your eyes, nose and ears. You’re your hands thoroughly after medication. Ciclopirox is for external use only and should be stored in a safe place away from children’s reach.

Ciclopirox has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of ciclopirox


• Molecular formula of ciclopirox is C12H17NO2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 6-cyclohexyl-1-hydroxy-4-methyl-pyridin-2-one
• Molecular weight is 207.269 g/mol
Ciclopirox available : 0,77% gel

Brand name(s): Ciclopiroxolamine, Ciclopiroxum, Loprox, Penlac

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