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Generic name: Ciclopirox
Why is this drug prescribed: Loprox cream, lotion, and topical solution are prescribed for the treatment of the following fungal skin infections: Athlete's foot Fungal infection of the groin (jock itch) Fungal infection of non-hairy parts of the skin Candidiasis (yeastlike fungal infection of the skin) Tinea versicolor--infection of the skin that is characterized by brown or tan patches on the trunk. Loprox gel is used for athlete's foot, fungal infections of the non-hairy parts of the skin, and certain scalp inflammations (seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp).
Most important fact about this drug: Loprox is for external treatment of skin infections. Do not use Loprox in the eyes.
How should you take this medication: Use this medication for the full treatment time even if your symptoms have improved. Notify your doctor if there is no improvement after 4 weeks. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. Shake Loprox lotion vigorously before each use. --If you miss a dose... Apply the forgotten dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. --Storage instructions... Store at room temperature.
What side effects may occur: Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue using Loprox. Rare side effects may include: Burning, itching, worsening of infection symptoms When Loprox gel is applied to the scalp, about 15 to 20 percent of patients feel a temporary burning or stinging sensation.
Why should this drug not be prescribed: If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to ciclopirox or any other ingredient in Loprox, you should not take this medication. Make sure your doctor is aware of any drug reactions you have experienced.
Special warnings about this medication: If the affected area of skin shows signs of increased irritation (redness, itching, burning, blistering, swelling, oozing), notify your doctor. Avoid the use of airtight dressings or bandages.
Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: The effects of Loprox during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. It is not known whether this drug appears in breast milk. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding your baby until your treatment is finished.
Recommended dosage: ADULTS: Gently massage Loprox into the affected and surrounding skin areas 2 times a day, in the morning and evening. For most infections, improvement usually begins within the first week of treatment. People with tinea versicolor usually show signs of improvement after 2 weeks of treatment. CHILDREN: Safety and effectiveness of the cream, lotion, and solution have not been established in children under 10 years of age (16 for the gel).
Overdosage: Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical treatment immediately.