Medication information

Apo Ciclopirox 8% lacquer

This medication contains a topical antifungal drug. Typically, it is used for fungal infections of the nails. It requires a few months to take effect.


Directions for use:

  • remove any loose nail or nail pieces using nail clippers or nail files.
  • apply once daily over the entire nail, the skin right around the nail and on the bottom side where possible.
  • let air dry about 30 seconds and wait 8 hours before taking a bath or shower.
  • close the bottle tightly.

Once a week, remove varnish with rubbing alcohol and remove as much as possible of the damaged nail using scissors, nail clippers or nail file.

If you forget a dose, apply it as soon as you remember -- unless it is almost time for your next dose. In that case, skip the missed one. Do not apply more to try to catch up.

Side effects

In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:

  • when used, it may cause a temporary burning sensation;
  • it may cause local irritation.

Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your health care professional. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.


As with most medications, this product should be stored at room temperature. Store it in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.

General notes

When meeting with any health professional, it is important for you to share the following information:

  • Your medical history and allergies (medication, food, or other);
  • If you're pregnant or want to become pregnant, or if you're breastfeeding;
  • If you use tobacco or cannabis or its derivatives, or if you use recreational drugs;
  • The names of all the medications you take, whether you take them regularly or once in a while, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and natural health products.

It is also strongly recommended that you keep an up-to-date list of all the medications you take and carry it with you at all times. This could be useful if you have to see a health professional or need emergency care.

Keep all your medications out of the reach of children and pets and return any unused or expired medications to the pharmacy for proper disposal.