What is Loceryl fungal nail treatment?
Loceryl is a highly effective fungal nail treatment that clears up the infection on both finger and toe nails. The lacquer is painted directly onto the affected nails with an easy to use, reusable applicator.
Loceryl contains the active ingredient amorolfine which destroys a wide variety of fungi that are responsible for causing fungal nail infections. You only need to apply Loceryl once or twice a week for it to be effective and can be used underneath cosmetic nail polish.
Loceryl is a branded treatment that is manufactured by Galderma and is available in 5mL packs.
How does Loceryl work?
The active ingredient in Loceryl nail lacquer is amorolfine, which is an antifungal medicine, meaning it destroys fungi that cause nail infections.
Loceryl is painted directly onto the infected nails where the amorolfine is absorbed. It then stops the fungus producing a chemical called ergosterol which causes the fungal cells to break down and die. Over time the infected nail is then replaced by a fresh, healthy nail. Once a nail has become infected, you cannot cure the infection for that part of the nail to become healthy again, therefore, you need to treat the nail to stop the infection spreading whilst the infected nail grows out.
How effective is Loceryl?
Loceryl is an effective treatment for fungal nail infection but depending on where your nail infection is, the treatment time will vary.
- For fingernails, Loceryl will take up to six months to get rid of the infection.
- For toenails, treatment can take between 9 and 12 months to be successful.
Treating a fungal nail infection can take a long time and it can be frustrating waiting to see any improvements. Nails grow relatively slowly and you are not only waiting for the infected nail to grow out but for the new nail to grow. You should see improvement over time as your nail grows out. You can take photos of your nail periodically to assess the results as often it will be hard to notice day-to-day.
If you are concerned that your treatment is not working you should discuss this with a pharmacist or a doctor.
Loceryl vs. Curanail - Nail lacquer alternatives
Loceryl is a prescription strength fungal nail treatment that contains the active ingredient amorolfine.
At The Independent Pharmacy we also prescribe and sell both Curanail, an over-the-counter brand of fungal nail treatment containing the same active ingredient available in 3ml packs, and Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer as a generic alternative to Loceryl in 5mL packs.