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About Amorolfine Antifungal Nail Lacquer: What It Is & How to Use It

Andy Boysan
Andy BoysanBPharmDirector & Superintendent Pharmacist

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2023

Although it may feel embarrassing, having a fungal nail infection is extremely common, and there’s really no reason to feel awkward about it. The real problem lies in how difficult it can be to treat. Nail infections are contagious, and it’s all too easy to successfully treat one nail only to end up allowing another to become infected.

This is where Amorolfine nail lacquer comes in. This antifungal nail lacquer works to safely and effectively treat nail infections, allowing you to get your nails back to normal and move past the issue for good. In this piece, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Amorolfine (what it is, how it works, how long it takes, etc.) and explain why this particular fungal nail treatment is so worthy of your time. Let’s get started.

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What is Amorolfine?

Amorolfine is a medicated nail lacquer developed to conveniently and reliably kill fungal infections. It’s the generic non-branded version of Loceryl, another over-the-counter fungal nail infection treatment, meaning you get the same performance at a lower cost. If you’re not sure whether you have a fungal nail infection, or even what a fungal nail infection involves, you can check out our complete list of symptoms in our guide to fungal nail infections. In short, though, it’s indicated by nail discolouration and deterioration. A healthy nail will look and feel normal, with a smooth nail surface and consistent strength.

How does Amorolfine treat fungal nail infections?

Amorolfine nail lacquer is named after its active ingredient of amorolfine, an antifungal medicine that inhibits the production of a chemical called ergosterol that’s vital for the growth of fungal cells. Without ergosterol, new fungal cells can’t develop, and existing fungal cells degrade and die. Applied carefully and consistently, Amorolfine will completely clear up any affected nail.

How to use Amorolfine nail lacquer

Amorolfine is easy to use, coming with all the equipment you need to safely apply it to infected nails, but there are some steps you need to take before the nail lacquer application.

The first thing to do is prepare each nail you want to treat by filing it down. When doing so, keep in mind that fungal nail infections are contagious: be sure to 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 reduce the risk of spreading the infection from one nail to another.

Next, you need to clean the surface of each of those nails. 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). Be extremely thorough with your nail cleansing.

Once you’re done, you’ll be ready to apply Amorolfine nail lacquer using a provided applicator. Apply it evenly across the entire surface of your infected nail, and allow it to dry (this will take a few minutes). Avoid painting the skin around your nail to avoid irritation.

When you’ve finished applying Amorolfine, clean the applicator thoroughly to avoid spreading infection, and wash your hands just to be sure, as you’ve been treating a toenail fungus.

Repeat this process once or twice weekly (as directed by your doctor) until your fungal infection clears up. If you’re certain you no longer need treatment, you can stop, but get some advice from your doctor if you’re unsure. It’s better to use the treatment for longer than necessary than stop it before the infection is fully gone and allow it to return.

Note: each time you use Amorolfine after the first application, you’ll need to remove the old layer before you start (and use a nail file if necessary). It’s safe to use cosmetic nail varnish between applications of Amorolfine (provided you allow newly-treated nails to dry first), but the added layers of nail varnish will give you more to remove before your next treatment, so it isn’t advisable. For a solid and simple alternative, consider using easy-to-remove artificial nails.

How long does Amorolfine nail lacquer take to work?

Treatment time varies based on infection severity and location. If your fingernails are affected, Amorolfine nail lacquer can take up to 6 months to get rid of the infection. If you’re suffering from toe fungi, though, treatment can take between 9 and 12 months to get results.

Given the typical course of treatment, don’t be concerned if it’s taking a long time to work. Fungal nail infections are stubborn, and nails grow very slowly (approximately 2mm per month), so it’ll take a long while for the infected nail to be replaced. If you’re alarmed by a lack of visible improvements, you can consult relevant health professionals, but Amorolfine is extremely effective: provided you’re applying it carefully, the results will come.

What are the possible side effects of Amorolfine?

Amorolfine nail lacquer is a tried and tested medical treatment with very few side effects. Due to this, many people will be able to use Amorolfine on affected nails without suffering from any negative side effects at all. Medication affects everyone differently, though, so it’s a good idea to read up on the side effects that do occasionally stem from using Amorolfine.

Here are some side effects that are rarely reported by Amorolfine users:

  • Burning sensations on/around treated nails
  • Skin redness
  • Itching
  • Nail discolouration
  • Brittle nails

In extreme cases, users can experience burning and/or itching sensations on the nails they’ve treated with the lacquer (or on the skin around those nails), or suffer from further nail discolouration and deterioration (resulting in brittle or broken nails). The latter side effect is tricky to spot, though, because those symptoms are already produced by infected nails.

If using Amorolfine nail lacquer produces any concerning side effects, including severe or painful reactions, you should immediately discontinue the course of treatment and seek medical advice.

To learn about how our customers have fared while using this treatment, visit our page of Amorolfine customer reviews.

Is Amorolfine better than rival nail lacquers?

There are numerous medicines on the market that can be used to treat fungal nail infections.

The main alternatives to Amorolfine are common over-the-counter topical treatments like clotrimazole, miconazole and ketoconazole. These are creams or gels and are suitable if you only have a surface infection. They tend to be effective at treating fungal infections around nails (athlete's foot being the primary example), but aren’t as good at treating actual nail infections.

If your fungal infection has reached your nail bed, your options for alternatives are more limited. You can use a stronger prescription medicine like terbinafine or itraconazole (usually taken orally), but these treatments are much more likely to produce side effects.


Being both safe and effective, Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer is an excellent topical treatment for clearing up nail fungi. It can be used on both fingernails and toenails and while it can take a long time to produce visible results, it’s extremely reliable.

If you’re suffering from a fungal nail infection, contact The Independent Pharmacy for a free consultation. Starting your online consultation is easy, and we work quickly: we may even be able to deliver your treatment on the very next day.


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