Rejuvenail contains the active ingredient ciclopirox. It is painted onto the fingernails or toenails to treat fungal nail infections. Ciclopirox belongs to a family of medicines called antifungals. These medicines work by killing a wide variety of fungi that cause nail infections.
Rejuvenail is suitable for use if the fungal nail infection is located on the nail bed. Rejuvenail is not suitable for use in severe nail infections involving the lunula (the lunula is the crescent-shaped area at the base of the nail). In this case you should talk to your healthcare professional.
Treatment should continue until a cure is achieved and healthy nail has regrown. This usually takes about 6 months for the fingernails and about 9 to 12 months for the toenails. Fungal nail infections are hard to treat and a full cure depends on several factors, including how badly damaged the nail is. While Rejuvenail can cure the fungal nail infection it cannot repair the damage, therefore a full cure can be expected in up to 30% of people. It is important to continue treatment until nails are clear otherwise the condition can get worse again. You should consult your doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after 6 months for fingernails and 12 months for toenails.
If more than 50% of the nail is affected, please consult your healthcare professional.
For best results, Rejuvenail should be used every day for at least 6 to 12 months. The infected nail should be trimmed at weekly intervals. Treatment should be continued until the infected nails are clear and healthy. This usually takes about 6 months for fingernails and about 9 to 12 months for toenails. If you stop treatment before your nails are clear, the fungi may not have disappeared and the condition could get worse again.
You do not have to file or soak the infected nail(s) before applying Rejuvenail. Simply brush Rejuvenail on to the infected nail, allow the lacquer to dry (30 seconds) and leave it on the nail(s) for at least 6 hours overnight before washing. In the case of unintentional removal by washing, Rejuvenail can be reapplied.
We do not recommend the use of Rejuvenail during pregnancy or breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while using this medicine stop using it and tell your doctor or pharmacist. Your doctor or pharmacist will discuss the possible risks and benefits of using Rejuvenail during pregnancy.
If Rejuvenail is accidentally swallowed immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (131 126), or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital.
All medicines can have side effects. Rejuvenail is generally well tolerated but it may have unwanted side effects in some people. Side effects are usually mild and short-lived. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following: Skin irritation, redness or rash around the application area, change in shape or colour of the nail, ingrown toenail, tenderness, bleeding or burning of the nail bed, increased pain beneath the nail, dermatitis (inflammation of the skin).
If you forget to apply Rejuvenail, apply it as soon as you remember. Thereafter, go back to using Rejuvenail as you would normally. Do not use a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
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