Amorolfine

Easy-to-read medicine information about amorolfine – what it is, how to use amorolfine safely and possible side effects.

Type of medicine Also called
  • Treat fungal nail infections
  • Belongs to a group of medicines called antifungals
  • MycoNaill®
  • Loceryl®
  • Onyban Nail-Aid®

What is amorolfine?

  • Amorolfine is used to treat fungal nail infections of the toenail or fingernail.
  • It works by stopping the growth of the fungus
  • It is one of a group of medicines known as antifungals.
  • Amorolfine is available from a pharmacist. A doctor's prescription is not required.

Dose

  • Amorolfine is available as a medicated nail paint or lacquer.
  • Apply amorolfine to the infected nail once or twice a week.
  • Treat infected fingernails for 6 months, and infected toenails for 9 to 12 months. 

How to use amorolfine

  • Before applying amorolfine file down the infected areas of the nail using a nail file.
  • Clean the nail surface with a cleaning pad or cotton wool.
  • Using the spatula provided, apply the  amorolfine paint over the entire surface of the infected nail. 
  • Allow the paint to dry (for about 3 to 5 minutes). 
  • Avoid the use of cosmetic nail varnish (nail polish) or artificial nails during treatment with amorolfine.  
  • It may take several months after you finish treatment to see the full benefit of amorolfine. When used to treat nail infections, it takes time for your new healthy nails to grow out and replace the infected nails.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, amorolfine can cause unwanted side effects, although not everyone gets them. Often unwanted side effects improve as your body gets used to the new medicine.

Side effects What should I do?
  • Burning feeling around the treated nail
  • Redness or itching of the skin around the nail
  • These are quite common when you first start using amorolfine and usually go away with time.
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist if troublesome.

Learn more

 Medsafe Consumer Information Sheet Loceryl

Credits: Sandra Ponen, Pharmacist, NZ.