Penlac skin cream is a cream used to treat to fungal infection on the skin. It has the active ingredient of Ciclopirox, which is a synthetic broad-spectrum antifungal agent that inhibits the growth of dermatophytes, a type of fungus that grows on the skin, hair, and nails. This medicine is approved for use in the U.S. by the FDA in December 1999. Penlac skin cream is topical therapy without systemic side effects to treat finger or toenail fungus that does not involve the white portion of the nail in persons with normal immune systems. In controlled clinical trials, it was found to be safe and effective in treating nail fungus, with some patients experiencing resolution of the infection. This medication is used to treat minor fungal and yeast infections of the skin, such as athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm. This medication may not work well for infections on the nails, for areas of very thick skin or for persistent or frequent infections. Oral drugs may be needed for these cases. Penlac skin cream is an antifungal agent that works by stopping the growth of fungus.

How to Use Penlac Cream

Clean and dry the affected area. Apply a small amount of Penlac skin cream to the affected area and gently rub into the skin, usually twice daily or as directed by your doctor. Do not cover or bandage the area unless told to do so by your doctor. Wash your hands before and after applying the medication. Avoid getting the medicine in your eyes, nose or mouth. If you do, rinse with plenty of water. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Continue to use this medication for the full time prescribed, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may not cure the infection, allowing the fungus to return.

Cautions before use Penlac Cream

The cautions, which are needed to be followed, while using Penlac skin cream are as follows:

  • Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should not use Penlac skin cream.
  • People with a history of allergy in fingernails, toenails should not use this medication.
  • People with a history of fungal infection on the skin should avoid using this medication.
  • Before using Penlac skin cream, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to ciclopirox or if you have any other allergies of any other medicines.

Penlac Cream Side effects

It has been found in studies that no serious side effects of Penlac usage are expected, but in some cases the side effects, which can appear while using Penlac skin cream, are as follows:

  • Skin irritation at affected area, such as burning, itching and redness
  • Allergic inflammation of the skin
  • Rashes
  • Severe dizziness
  • Trouble in breathing
  • Swelling in face, throat and mouth

Penlac Cream Reactions and Overdose

Before using this medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist about all prescribed and nonprescribed or herbal products you are using as it may cause reactions with them. It is better not to use any kind of moisturizer or cream with Penlac skin cream.

Penlac skin cream may be harmful if swallowed. If overdose or swallowing is suspected the patient should be taken to the medical center immediately


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