Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer is available from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help treat fungal nail infections. To find out more about fungal nail infections and see all the available treatments, see our Online Doctor Fungal Nail Infection page.
Amorolfine is a generic version of the common over-the-counter fungal nail treatment, Curanail. Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer contains amorolfine, an antifungal medicine. Amorolfine stops the product of a chemical called ergosterol in fungus that causes nail infections. Without ergosterol the fungus stop growing and their cells breakdown. It will be removed as the infected nail grows out until only healthy nail is left.
Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer is available in a 5mL pack size as the generic prescription equivalent to Curanail 5% Fungal Nail Treatment 3mL. Curanail over-the-counter treatment is only suitable to treat up to 2 infected nails whereas Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer can be prescribed by the Online Doctor to economically treat multiple nail infections at a time.
Treatment with Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer should continue until the infected nail has completely grown out. Depending on the speed of nail growth, this is usually around 6 months for a fingernail and 9 – 12 months for a toenail. You should start to see an improvement in your nails before this time as healthy nail starts to grow out. As a rough guide you will need around 1mL of Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer per nail for 3 months treatment. This will vary slightly depending on the amount you apply and the size of your nails. If you do not see improvement in your fungal nail infection after 3 months of treatment with Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer, you should see your GP.
Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer should be applied to each infected nail once weekly. It is important to use the treatment regularly to ensure it is effective. You should apply the treatment to all of the infected nails on the same day each week, preferably at the same to time to make it easier to remember. This may be after a bath, shower or regular activity.
Fungal nail infections are caused by the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot. If you are also suffering with athlete’s foot it is important that you also treat this to prevent your toenail becoming re-infected after completing a course of Amorolfine nail treatment. See our Athlete’s Foot section for a range of antifungal creams, gels, sprays and powders. You can also use antifungal powders in your shoes and socks if you are suffering with a fungal nail infection to help keep them free of fungi and stop the spread.
If you suffer with diabetes, a weak immune system, or poor circulation you should see your GP for treatment of your fungal nail infections. This is because you need your infection monitored more closely to ensure there are no complications.
Adults, including the elderly and children 18 years and over:
Step 1: Prepare the Nail
Using a new file, gently file down the infected areas of nail, including the nail surface. Protect any healthy nails while you are doing this so that you don't spread the infection.
CAUTION: Do not use the same nail file for infected nails and healthy nails, as this could spread the infection as well. To prevent the spread of infection take care that no one else uses the files from your kit.
Step 2: Clean the nail
Use one of the swabs provided, to clean the nail surface.
Do not throw the swab away as you will need it later to clean the applicator.
Step 3: Treat the nail
Dip one of the re-usable applicators into the bottle of Amorolfine nail lacquer. The lacquer must not be wiped off on the edge of the bottle before it is applied. Apply the lacquer. Apply the nail lacquer evenly over the entire surface of the nail. Allow to dry. Let the treated nail(s) dry for approximately 3 minutes.
Step 4: Clean the applicator
You can use the applicators provided more than once. However, it is important to clean them thoroughly each time so that you don't spread the infection. Use the same swab you used for cleaning your nails. Don't touch the newly treated nails with the swab. Close the Amorolfine nail lacquer bottle tightly. Dispose of the swab carefully as it is flammable.
Before using the Amorolfine nail lacquer again, first remove the old lacquer from your nails using a swab, then file down the nails again if necessary.
Re-apply the lacquer as described above.
When dry the nail lacquer is unaffected by soap and water, so you can wash your hands and feet as normal. If you need to use chemicals such as paint thinners or white spirit, rubber or other impermeable (waterproof) gloves should be worn to protect the lacquer on your fingernails.
It is important to carry on using the Amorolfine nail lacquer until the infection has cleared and healthy nails have grown back. This usually takes 6 months for fingernails and 9 to 12 months for toenails. You will see a healthy nail growing as the diseased nail grows out.
It is important that you continue the treatment without interruption until the infected section of nail has completely grown out, otherwise the infection will just come back. The hardest part may remembering to apply Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer each week. It will help to apply Amorolfine on the same day each week and write the date of use on a diary card or on the box, to help to keep a running check of when you used to medicine. In general Curanail can take six months treatment to clear up a fingernail infection and nine to twelve months for toenail infections.
Not everyone will experience side effects when they use Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer, however if you do they can include:
Burning sensation in area where you're using it.
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
- Do not use Amorolfine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, for children aged under 18 years, a destroyed or very damaged nail.
- If you suffer from diabetes, poor blood circulation in your hands or feet, or an underactive immune system, for example due to disease such as HIV or treatment with medicines such as chemotherapy, immunosuppressants or high-dose corticosteroids, please see your doctor.
- This medicine is for external use only.
- If there is no improvement after three months treatment you will need to see your doctor.
- Avoid contact with eyes, ears and mucous membranes (e.g. the inside of the nose and mouth).
- Do not inhale.
- The disposable nail files provided with Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer should be discarded after use.
- Use a new file for each weekly treatment.
- Do not use the nail files used for infected nails to file healthy nails, as this may spread the infection.
- You should not use nail varnish or artificial nails on the nails you are treating with Amorolfine 5% Nail Treatment.
- If you need to work with organic solvents (e.g. thinners, white spirit etc.) during treatment with this medicine, you should wear waterproof gloves to protect the medicine on the nails.
Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer contains:
Amorolfine 5% (50mg amorolfine per 1mL nail lacquer).
It also contains:
Ethanol anhydrous, Ammonio Methacrylate Copolymer (type A), Ethyl acetate, Butyl acetate and Triacetin.