Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer
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Amorolfine nail lacquer is a topical treatment for fungal nail infections. It is the generic version of the branded treatment, Loceryl.
- Topical treatment for fungal nail infections
- Contains Amorolfine 5% w/v
- Short term use only
What Is Amorolfine Nail Lacquer?
Amorolfine nail lacquer is a fungal nail infection treatment. It is also sold under the brand names Curanail and Loceryl in the UK. Amorolfine nail lacquer usually comes in a 5ml pack and can also be found in 2.5ml and 3ml packs. It can treat toenails and fingernails and is only suitable for adults over the age of 18.
What Is Amorolfine Used For?
Amorolfine is used to treat fungal nail infections. This is a common condition that isn’t typically serious but can require treatment if the nail starts to hurt or becomes brittle. Fungal nail infections happen when tiny organisms called fungi invade the toenails, building upon the nail bed. If left untreated a fungal nail infection can cause the nail to crumble.
Amorolfine nail lacquer can help to clear several types of fungal nail infections, including distal subungual infections (the most common form) and fungal nail infections caused by yeast.
How Does Amorolfine Nail Lacquer Work?
Amorolfine – the active ingredient in amorolfine nail lacquer – works by stopping fungi from producing ergosterol. Ergosterol is a chemical that causes fungal nail infections – without it, the fungus doesn’t grow and its cells are broken down, eventually dying. As your nail grows out, the infected part will be removed and a healthy nail will take its place.
Nail Lacquer vs Nail Polish
What’s the difference between nail lacquer and nail polish? Essentially, nail lacquer and nail polish perform the same function, protecting the nail. The main difference between nail lacquer and polish is that lacquer has a thicker consistency.
It should be noted that amorolfine nail lacquer is an antifungal medicine that’s primary purpose is to treat fungal nail infections, rather than being cosmetic. If you are using amorolfine nail lacquer, you should wait at least ten minutes after applying it before you use cosmetic nail polish or lacquer.
Each time you apply amorolfine nail lacquer, make sure that the cosmetic nail polish or lacquer is removed fully beforehand. While using amorolfine nail lacquer, you should avoid applying nail varnish, or wearing artificial nails.
Amorolfine vs Ciclopirox
Like amorolfine, ciclopirox is a topical solution that is used to treat fungal nail infections. It typically comes in cream, lotion or gel, rather than lacquer. Ciclopirox is available under the generic name ciclopirox, as well as various brand names in the UK.
Both amorolfine and ciclopirox work by preventing the growth of the fungus, eventually killing it. While amorolfine nail lacquer is used specifically for fungal nail infections, like ciclopirox, amorolfine gel and cream can be used to treat other types of fungal infections such as ringworm (a common fungal skin infection) and athlete’s foot. Ciclopirox is also a treatment for sun fungus, a fungal skin infection caused by high yeast levels. Amorolfine and ciclopirox are both prescription-only treatments in the UK.
A study that compared amorolfine and ciclopirox as treatments for fungal nail infections described them as “valuable therapeutic options”. The research acknowledged it was “difficult to assess the efficacy of amorolfine and ciclopirox in monotherapy” but found that the combined use of lacquers and oral drugs could increase efficacy.
Amorolfine vs Terbinafine
Terbinafine is another fungal nail infection treatment that can also be used to treat ringworm and athlete’s foot. It is also sold under the brand name Lamisil in the UK. Like amorolfine, terbinafine comes as a gel or cream, but you can also find it as a spray and in tablets. Amorolfine and terbinafine are both prescription-only treatments in the UK.
Amorolfine and terbinafine work in similar ways, stopping the fungus from growing and killing it, thereby clearing the infection. Unlike amorolfine nail lacquer, which is applied once or twice a week, terbinafine gel or cream is applied to the infected area of the nail once or twice a day.
For the treatment of severe onychomycosis (fungal nail infection), research suggests that a combination of amorolfine nail lacquer and terbinafine tablets may be of value.
Amorolfine in Pregnancy
There is a lack of information pertaining to the safety of using amorolfine nail lacquer during pregnancy. As such, it is not recommended that you use amorolfine nail lacquer if you are pregnant.
It is also not known if amorolfine, the active ingredient in amorolfine nail lacquer, passes into breast milk. For this reason, you are not advised to use amorolfine nail lacquer if you are breastfeeding. Always seek medical advice from your doctor before starting the treatment.
Amorolfine Nail Lacquer Reviews
Amorolfine nail lacquer has been given positive reviews online, with users highlighting that it was the first treatment that was effective in clearing up their fungal nail infection. Others highlighted how easy the medicine was to apply, requiring only one application per week.
Some reviews emphasised that amorolfine nail lacquer took a few weeks or months to get rid of their fungal nail infection, but that steady improvement could be seen over the treatment period. With little to no reported side effects, it’s clear to see why many have given this treatment glowing reviews online.
Can I Buy Amorolfine Over the Counter?
You cannot buy amorolfine nail lacquer over the counter in the UK. You will require a prescription to purchase amorolfine nail lacquer, and there may be a limit on how many packs you can buy at one time. Before you can get a prescription to buy amorolfine nail lacquer, your suitability will need to be assessed by a doctor or prescriber.
For a quick method of purchasing amorolfine, buy online. At Cloud Pharmacy, you can have a consultation with our online pharmacist. Once you’ve completed a questionnaire and we’ve assessed your suitability for amorolfine nail lacquer, we will issue your prescription. Cloud Pharmacy is a convenient online pharmacy for amorolfine, buy UK-wide and get next day delivery.
How to Use Amorolfine Nail Lacquer
Before applying amorolfine nail lacquer you should prepare the nail, using a new nail file on the infected areas. To prevent the infection from spreading It is important that you use a different nail file for the infected area than you do for healthy nails, and ensure that nobody else uses your nail files.
After the filing – which should include the surface of the infected area – you should clean the nail using a swab provided with your amorolfine nail lacquer. Keep the swab for cleaning the applicator later. You can now treat the nail, dipping the applicator into the bottle before evenly applying the lacquer over the nail’s surface. Make sure you have covered the whole nail, and then allow it to dry for about 3-5 minutes.
The next step is to clean the amorolfine nail lacquer. The applicator that came with your amorolfine nail lacquer can be used several times, but you must make sure that you clean it after each application to avoid spreading the infection. You can do this with the swab that you cleaned your nails with. Remember that every time you use amorolfine nail lacquer, you should clean off the old lacquer.
Always follow the instructions that come with your amorolfine nail lacquer, and continue using the product until your infected nail has fully recovered. Amorolfine nail lacquer is applied once or twice weekly, ideally at the same times each week.
How Long Does Amorolfine Take To Work?
Amorolfine nail lacquer is used on the infected area until the infected part of the nail has grown out entirely, and a new, healthy nail has replaced it. Therefore, you may use amorolfine over a period of six months to a year. Toenails can take up to a year to grow out, while fingernails grow back more quickly.
The amount of amorolfine nail lacquer you will use will vary according to whether you are treating toenails or fingernails, and how many nails are infected.
Amorolfine Side Effects
Side effects from amorolfine nail lacquer are rare. Among the side effects that some people may experience are:
- Broken nails
- Nail discolouration during the treatment period - this usually passes as the infected nail grows out
- Red or irritated skin
- A burning feeling
If you are concerned about any of these side effects, speak with your pharmacist or doctor. You can read a full list of side effects in the information leaflet that comes with your amorolfine nail lacquer.
You may not be suitable for amorolfine nail lacquer if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You are allergic to amorolfine
- You have a weakened immune system
- You have swelling around your nail
- Your nail is severely damaged
- You have poor blood circulation
Patient Information Leaflet
Amorolfine Nail Lacquer Patient Information Leaflet
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