Generic Name: Ciclopirox

  • What is Loprox?

    Loprox is applied to the outer layer of the skin or scalp to treat common fungal infections.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Loprox?

    Loprox is only meant to be applied to the outer surface of the skin, and should not be used near the eyes, mouth, or vagina. Stop using Loprox and contact your doctor immediately if you experience any allergic reaction such as itching, burning, blistering, or swelling in the areas to which you apply Loprox.

    Apply Loprox for the entire amount of time your doctor tells you to, even if your symptoms improve early on. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve within 4 weeks. While using Loprox, make sure not to apply tight bandages or dressings over the treated skin.

  • Who should not take Loprox?

    You should not use Loprox if you have a known allergy or sensitivity to it.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Loprox?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Loprox. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have an allergy or sensitivity to Loprox.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Cream, Gel, Suspension

    Adults and children >10 years (suspension, cream) or >16 years (gel): Gently massage Loprox into the affected and surrounding skin twice daily, in the morning and evening. Your symptoms may improve within the first week. If you don't see an improvement after 4 weeks, contact your doctor.


    Adults and children >16 years: Wet hair and apply approximately 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of Loprox shampoo to the scalp; 2 teaspoons (10 mL) may be used for long hair. Lather and leave on hair and scalp for 3 minutes. Avoid contact with your eyes. Rinse off. Repeat twice a week for 4 weeks, with a minimum of 3 days between applications.

  • How should I take Loprox?

    Gently massage Loprox onto the affected areas, including the immediate surrounding skin. It should be applied around the same times each day.

  • What should I avoid while taking Loprox?

    Avoid applying tight bandages or wound dressings to the same area to which you apply Loprox.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Loprox?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Loprox. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Loprox?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: itching or burning of the area to which Loprox is applied.

  • Can I receive Loprox if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Loprox during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Loprox?

    If you forget to apply Loprox, do not apply two doses at the same time. Skip the missed application and return to your normal dosing schedule.

  • How should I store Loprox?

    Store at room temperature.

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