Although it may feel embarrassing, having a fungal nail infection is extremely common. Unfortunately, they can also be stubborn to treat, which is where Amorolfine comes in. This nail lacquer helps to effectively treat infections with minimal side effects.
Below, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Amorolfine and answer any questions you may have about the fungal nail treatment. Read on to find out more.
What is Amorolfine?
Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer is a treatment used for fungal nail infections.
Amorolfine is the generic non-branded version of other over-the-counter fungal nail infection treatments, making it cheaper than alternatives but equally effective. It is the generic version of branded Loceryl Nail Lacquer.
If you think you may have a fungal nail infection, check our list of symptoms over on our Fungal Nail Infection Guide page.
How does Amorolfine work?
The active ingredient in this nail paint treatment is amorolfine, which is an antifungal medicine.
So how does Amorolfine work? The short answer is that it kills fungi.
The long answer is that the solution stops the production of a chemical called ergosterol which is found in the fungus that causes nail infections. The fungus can’t grow without ergosterol, and as a result, the fungal cells break down and die. This slowly kills the fungal infection, and over time, the infected nail is replaced by new, healthy nail growth.
How to use Amorolfine
Amorolfine is easy and safe to use. The treatment will come with the equipment you need to safely and correctly apply it to infected nails.
Firstly, you need to prepare the nail you want to treat by filing it down. Just remember that fungal nail infections are contagious, so make sure you use a different nail file for healthy nails and infected nails (and definitely don’t share your files with anyone else). This will help you to reduce the risk of infection.
Next, you need to clean the surface of your nail. You can do this using a swab — if you buy Amorolfine from The Independent Pharmacy, your kit will include alcoholic swabs (as well as nail files, applicators and wipes).
Once you have done this, you are ready to apply the Amorolfine nail lacquer using an applicator. Apply this evenly to the whole surface of your infected nail, and allow to dry (this will take a few minutes). Avoid painting the skin around your nail to avoid irritation.
When you have finished applying Amorolfine, make sure you clean the applicator thoroughly to avoid spreading infection.
Repeat this process once or twice weekly (as directed by your doctor) until your fungal infection goes. Each time you apply the treatment again, you will have to remove the old layer before you start (and file the nail down if necessary).
How long does Amorolfine take to work?
Depending on where your nail infection is, treatment time will vary. If your fingernails are affected, Amorolfine will take on average up to six months to get rid of the infection.
If you are suffering from toe fungus, treatment can take between 9 and 12 months to be successful.
Don’t be alarmed if it seems like Amorolfine is taking a long time to work and you cannot see any visible improvements. Fungal nail infections are normally stubborn and may take a long time to disappear. This is also because you are waiting not only for the infected nail to die but for healthy nail to replace it. Nails grow very slowly (approximately 2mm a month) so results can take a while, even with an effective treatment like Amorolfine.
Amorolfine side effects
Amorolfine is a tried and tested medical treatment with very few side effects. Many people will be able to use Amorolfine without suffering from any negative side effects at all.
However, medication can affect individual users in different ways, so it’s a good idea to be informed about the possible side effects you may encounter if you use Amorolfine.
Here are some side effects that can be experienced by Amorolfine users:
- A burning sensation on and around the treated nail
- Redness of skin
- Nail discolouration
- Brittle nails
Although rare, you may experience a burning or itching feeling on the nail you’ve applied the lacquer to — or the skin around it. The skin around the application site may also appear slightly red just after use.
Nail discolouration and brittle or broken nails are extremely rare side effects. These are also symptoms of fungal nail infection itself, so it is easy to confuse the two.
If you are concerned about any Amorolfine side effects or experience any severe or painful reactions, you should stop using the treatment and consult your doctor for further guidance.
To find out how our customers have found using the treatment, visit our page of Amorolfine customer reviews.
Is Amorolfine better than competitors?
There are a number of different medicines that can be used to treat fungal nail infections.
Common over-the-counter topical treatments like clotrimazole, miconazole and ketoconazole are alternatives to Amorolfine. These come in the form of creams or gels and are suitable if you only have a surface infection. Generally, they are effective at treating fungal infections around the nail, for example, athlete's foot that commonly occurs around the same time, however, they are not as effective at treating the fungal nail itself.
If your fungal infection has got to your nail bed, you will need stronger prescription medicine like terbinafine or itraconazole, which are usually taken orally. The risk of suffering side effects from these oral medicines are much higher than when using Amorolfine.
Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer is a topical treatment used for fungal nail infections. It can be used on both fingernails and toenails, and when used over time, is an effective method of killing fungi.
If you’re suffering from a fungal nail infection, then contact The Independent Pharmacy for a free consultation. Starting your online consultation is quick and easy — and you can even receive your medication the very next day.