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Amorolfine nail treatment for fungal nails
Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer is a treatment to help treat fungal nail infections and is available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy following a free online consultation. Amorolfine is the generic equivalent to branded Loceryl & over-the-counter Curanail. It is sold online in a 5ml pack (with a free private prescription) - saving you money on your fungal nail treatment.
Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer is available to buy on prescription 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.
Amrolofine - Important Information
What is Amorolfine Nail Lacquer and what is it used for?
Amorolfine nail recovery paint is a generic version of the common over-the-counter fungal nail treatments, Curanail and prescription treatment, Loceryl gel. Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer contains amorolfine, which is an antifungal medicine.
Amorolfine nail polish is available on prescription to buy from The Independent Pharmacy as a 5ml pack size. You can buy up to 5 packs in 1 transaction. This treatment is only suitable for adults over the age of 18 years.
If you suffer from 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.
What causes nail fungus?
Fungal nail infections are caused by the same fungus that causes the common conditions athlete’s foot. The fungus penetrates the nail and can sometimes spread to the surrounding skin. If you are also suffering from an athlete’s foot, it is important that you also treat this to prevent your toenail from becoming re-infected after completing a course of Amorolfine nail treatment.
See our athlete’s foot advice page for a range of antifungal creams, medicated gels, sprays and powders. You can also use antifungal powders in your shoes and socks if you are suffering from a fungal nail infection to help keep them free of fungus and stop the spread.
How does Amorolfine work?
Amorolfine works by stopping the production of a chemical called ergosterol in
fungusthat causes nail infections. Without ergosterol, the fungus stops growing and its cells breakdown. It will be removed as the infected nail grows out until onlyhealthy nail is left.
For more information about this treatment what it is and how it works, visit our about Amorolfine page.
Alternatives to Amorolfine
Amorolfine is the generic prescription equivalent to over-the-counter Curanail 5% Fungal Nail Solution 3ml. Curanail over-the-counter treatment is only suitable to treat up to two infected nails whereas Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer can be prescribed by our medical team to economically treat multiple nail infections at a time it is available as a cost-effective generic treatment following the patent expiring on the branded Loceryl Nail Lacquer.
- Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/3292/pil
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
- 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 use Amorolfine if you are:
- pregnant or breastfeeding
- a child under the age of 18 years
- experiencing destroyed or very damaged nail/s
Speak to a doctor before using Almorolfine if any of the following apply to you:
- you suffer from diabetes
- You have poor blood circulation in your hands or feet
- you have an under active immune system, for example, due to diseases such as HIV or treatment with medicines such as chemotherapy, immunosuppressants or high-dose corticosteroids.
Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
Amorolfine application instructions
How do you use nail lacquer?
Treatment with amorolfine hydrochloride nail lacquer should continue in accordance with the instructions until the infected nail has completely grown out and recovered. 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 1 - 2ml of Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer per nail for 3 months’ treatment. This can vary depending on the amount you apply, the frequency of application (once or twice weekly) and the size of your nails (you will use more on your big toe). If you do not see improvement in your fungal nail infection after 3 months of treatment with amorolfine hydrochloride, you should see your GP.
Amorolfine 5% Nail Solution should be applied to each infected nail once or twice 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(s) each week, preferably at the same to time to make it easier to remember. This may be after a bath, shower or regular activity.
Adults, including the elderly 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.
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. 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.
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.
Using nail polish, varnish or artificial nails
After applying Amorolfine 5% w/v Medicated Nail Lacquer, an interval of at least 10 minutes should be left before application of any cosmetic nail lacquer or paint. You should ensure that the cosmetic nail polish is fully removed before your next application of antifungal treatment.
However, the use of nail varnish or artificial nails should be avoided during treatment.
Amorolfine nail lacquer ingredients
Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer contains the active ingredient: Amorolfine (50mg per 1mL nail lacquer).
It also contains the inactive ingredients: Ethanol anhydrous, Ammonio Methacrylate Copolymer (type A), Ethyl acetate, Butyl acetate and Triacetin.
Amorolfine side effects
Not everyone will experience side effects when they use Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer, however, if you do they can include:
Burning sensation in the 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.
For more information about the possible side effects of Amorolfine, visit our about Amorolfine page.
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Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer FAQs
Amorolfine nail lacquer is a topical application used to treat fungal nail infections (onychomycosis). The solution works by killing the fungi that cause fungal nail infection. Amorolfine can be applied to both finger and toenails.
Yes – Amorolfine medicated nail paint treats fungal nail infections like onychomycosis by stopping the growth of the fungi responsible for the infection allowing the infection to grow out with the nail. It can be applied to both finger and toenails.
Amorolfine should be applied directly to the infected nail(s) once or twice a week, or as otherwise directed by your doctor.
The solution can be applied anywhere on an infected nail, so long as the infection has not spread to the lunula, which is the white area at the base of the nail.
One 5ml bottle contains enough solution for 150 applications. Because amorolfine only needs to be applied 1-2 times a week, one 5ml bottle should last the full duration of treatment. This is assuming you are treating 1-2 nails for up to 12 months.
Treatment should be continued until the affected nail(s) are completely free of infection. On average, fingers nails require up to 6 months of treatment, whilst toenails can take between 9 and 12 months.
Try not to be discouraged during the initial stages of treatment if there are no signs of visible improvement. Healthy nails only grow about 2mm every month so it can take for results to show through.
The nail files and alcohol swabs should be discarded after each use. However, the applicators can be reused, providing they have been wiped with the alcohol swab prior to use.
Sadly, there is no data regarding the use of amorolfine during pregnancy. Also, there is no information on whether amorolfine passes into human breast milk. For these reasons, amorolfine should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. For further advice please consult your doctor.
Amorolfine is a clinically proven fungal nail treatment. Because the solution is only applied 1-2 times a week, one 5ml bottle can potentially last for up to 12 months. Most cheaper alternatives are designed for daily use, which means you will need to buy multiple bottles to cover the same length of treatment. As a result, you end up spending more.
A fungal nail infection occurs when fungus infects the nail bed. This causes several noticeable symptoms that make the condition easy to identify. Firstly, the nail can become discoloured, turning yellow or brown. Secondly, the texture of the nail can change, making it thick and brittle. In some cases, the nail can also separate from the nail bed.
Generally there are not many side effects associated with using Amorolfine nail polish. One side effect can be a burning sensation around the skin where the varnish has been applied. If you experience any other unusual side effects, contact a doctor or pharmacist.