Amorolfine

By Medically reviewed by hellodoktor

Generic Name: Amorolfine Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is amorolfine used for?

Amorolfine is used to treat certain fungal infections of the skin (e.g. athlete’s foot). It is a topical antimycotic, sometimes known as an antifungal.

It is used to kill a wide variety of fungi that can cause nail infections.

How should I take amorolfine?

Always use amorolfine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Medicated nail lacquer:

Apply to infected nails 1–2 times a week. Firstly, file the infected areas of the nail, including the nail surface. Then use an alcohol swab, or nail varnish remover, to clean the nail surface. Treat the nail by applying the nail lacquer evenly over the entire surface. Allow the treated nail(s) to dry for approximately 3 minutes.

Finger nails should be treated for 6 months and toe nails for 9–12 months, with a review every 3 month.

Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

How do I store amorolfine?

Amorolfine is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store amorolfine in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of amorolfine that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush amorolfine down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using amorolfine?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of amorolfine or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Avoid nail varnish or artificial nails during treatment of the nails.

Do not get amorolfine in your eyes or ears, if you do wash it out with water immediately and contact your doctor, pharmacist or nearest hospital straight away.

Avoid the medicine coming into contact with mucous membranes (e.g. mouth and nostrils).

Do not inhale. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using amorolfine during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking amorolfine.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from amorolfine?

Side effects may occur when using this drug, such as:

  • Nail becoming discolored, loose or starting to separate from the nail bed
  • Burning sensation or allergic skin reaction (contact dermatitis)
  • Allergic skin reactions

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with amorolfine?

Amorolfine may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with amorolfine?

Amorolfine may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with amorolfine?

Amorolfine may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Health conditions that may interact with this drug are:

  • Diabetes
  • A weak immune system
  • Poor circulation in your hands and feet
  • Severely damaged or infected nails

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using amorolfine.

What is the dose of amorolfine for an adult?

Apply to infected nails 1–2 times a week. Firstly, file the infected areas of the nail, including the nail surface. Then use an alcohol swab, or nail varnish remover, to clean the nail surface. Treat the nail by applying the nail lacquer evenly over the entire surface. Allow the treated nail(s) to dry for approximately 3 minutes.

Finger nails should be treated for 6 months and toe nails for 9–12 months, with a review every 3 month.

What is the dose of amorolfine for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is amorolfine available?

Amorolfine is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Cream

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of amorolfine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: October 5, 2017 | Last Modified: September 11, 2019