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Ciclopirox is used to treat fungal infections of the skin, nails and vagina.

How it works

Ciclopirox belongs to a class of drugs called antifungals. It inhibits many enzymes and dispruts cellular activities and energy production thereby killing or stopping the growth of fungus.

Common side effects

Skin rash, Erythema, Allergic skin rash, Application site inflammation, Application site irritation, Application site skin tenderness, Application site reaction, Application site oozing, Application site blister, Blisters on skin, Burning sensation, Itching, Nail discoloration, Skin irritation


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Expert advice

  • Do not take bath, shower, or swim for at least 8 hours after applying ciclopirox topical solution.
  • Be careful not to apply the solution on other areas of the skin or parts of your body, especially near the eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Seek medical attention if you experience pain, irritation, itching, burning, blistering, swelling, or oozing and/or discoloration or change in shape of affected or ingrown nail(s).
  • Avoid the use of occlusive dressings (which seal the wound from air or bacteria).
  • Do not use nail polish or any other nail cosmetics on the treated nails.
  • Do not use this drug if you are allergic to ciclopirox or any of its ingredients.
  • Avoid use of ciclopirox near heat or an open flame as the drug is flammable.

Frequently asked questions


 Q. Is ciclopirox over the counter?
Ciclopirox is not an over the counter medicine. It is sold only upon a prescription by a registered medical practitioner.
Q. Is ciclopirox a steroid/ an antibiotic?
No. Ciclopirox is not a steroid or an antibiotic.
Q. Is ciclopirox safe?
Ciclopirox is safe if used at recommended dose and duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Does ciclopirox cure HIV?
Ciclopirox does not cure HIV.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)