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Loprox Cream is a prescription medication used to treat fungal infections on the skin, such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections. It contains the synthetic, broad-spectrum antifungal agent ciclopirox (as ciclopirox olamine). The cream is for topical use only and works by stopping the growth of fungus.
Uses and Dosage
Ciclopirox comes as a cream to apply to nails and the skin immediately surrounding and under the nails. It is usually applied once a day. To help you remember to use ciclopirox, apply it around the same time every day, usually at bedtime. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use ciclopirox exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
To use Loprox Cream, follow these general guidelines:
- Clean and dry the affected area before applying the cream.
- Use enough cream to cover the affected area and a small amount of the surrounding skin.
- Rub the cream in gently and completely.
- Wash your hands after applying the cream unless you are treating your hands.
- Apply the cream twice daily or as directed by your healthcare provider.
- Continue using the cream for the full course of treatment, even if your symptoms improve before the end of treatment.
Follow your healthcare provider's specific instructions for using Loprox Cream and let them know if you experience any unusual or severe side effects.
Common Side Effects of Loprox Cream (Ciclopirox Olamine):
- Mild burning
- Redness of treated skin
Serious Side Effects of Loprox Cream (Ciclopirox Olamine):
- Difficulty breathing
- Discoloration or other changes in the nails
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Unusual or severe itching, redness, burning, dryness, or irritation of treated skin
Form and Strength
Loprox Cream (Ciclopirox Olamine) is available in the following forms and strengths:
Loprox Cream: Cream
- Loprox Cream is for external use only and should not be used near the eyes, nose, or mouth.
- You should not use Loprox Cream if you are allergic to ciclopirox or any other ingredients in the cream.
- If you have a severe or widespread fungal infection, Loprox Cream may not be effective, and you should talk to your healthcare provider about other treatment options.
- If you are pregnant, nursing, or planning to become pregnant, you should talk to your healthcare provider before using Loprox Cream to determine whether it is safe for you and your baby.
- If you experience any unusual or severe side effects, such as rash, hives, or difficulty breathing, seek immediate medical attention.
- You should not cover the treated area with bandages or dressings, as this may increase the risk of side effects.
- If you are using any other medications or topical treatments (including over-the-counter products), you should talk to your healthcare provider before using Loprox Cream to make sure there are no potential interactions.
- If you have diabetes, poor circulation, or a weakened immune system, you may be at increased risk of complications from fungal infections and should be monitored closely by your healthcare provider.
- Loprox Cream has not been studied in children under the age of 10 and should be used with caution in this population.
- If you have any other medical conditions or are taking any other medications, you should talk to your healthcare provider before using Loprox Cream to make sure it is safe and appropriate for you.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Loprox Cream be used by pregnant or nursing women?
If you are pregnant, nursing, or planning to become pregnant, you should talk to your healthcare provider before using Loprox Cream. They will be able to give you guidance on whether it is safe for you to use.
How often should I apply Loprox Cream?
You should apply Loprox Cream as directed by your healthcare provider. Typically, it is applied twice daily for up to four weeks.
How long does it take for Loprox Cream to work?
The length of time it takes for Loprox Cream to work will depend on the severity of the infection. Improvement may be seen within a few days but continue using the cream as directed for the full course of treatment.
Can Loprox Cream be used to treat nail fungus?
Loprox Cream is only indicated for use on the skin. There are other prescription medications available for treating nail fungus that your healthcare provider may recommend.
Can children use Loprox Cream?
Loprox Cream may be used in children, but the dosage and duration of treatment should be determined by a healthcare provider. Supervise children when using the cream.
It's important to purchase Loprox Cream from verified Canadian pharmacy.