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Toenail Fungus - Medication Overview

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Toenail Fungus - Treatment Options

Toenail fungus treatment typically involves prescription medications that come in both pill and topical solution forms. Toenail fungus medication pills are often used at the same time as toenail fungus solutions which are applied to the toenails and sometimes the skin around the toenail. The most common toenail fungus medications in pill form in use are Lamisil (terbinafine) and Sporanox (itraconazole). Common prescription toenail fungus solution treatments include Jublia (efinaconazole), Kerydin (tavaborole) and Ciclodan / Penlac (ciclopirox). The toenail fungus treatment duration using oral medications generally lasts up to six months while the treatment duration using a toenail fungus topical solution can last up to one year.

Toenail Fungus Pills - Lamisil vs. Sporanox

When considering Lamisil versus Sporanox, consider that Lamisil and Sporanox are both types of medications in tablet or capsule form prescribed to treat toenail fungus. Lamisil is comprised of a medication known as terbinafine hydrochloride. Terbinafine hydrochloride is an antifungal compound that can treat nail fungus infections. Often, the duration of treatment with Lamisil (terbinafine) depends on whether the toenail or the fingernail is affected. In contrast to Lamisil, Sporanox consists of a medication known as itraconazole. Itraconazole is an azole antifungal agent that is also used to treat aspergillosis, blastomycosis and histoplasmosis. Sporanox is available in capsule and an oral solution form. Thus, the Lamisil versus Sporanox discussion implies a terbinafine versus itraconazole discussion, and the ultimate choice of medication is largely dependent on the experience of the ordering medical provider.

Toenail Fungus Solutions - Jublia vs. Kerydin vs. Ciclodan / Penlac

Jublia consists of efinaconazole in a 10% topical solution. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the NDA for Jublia in 2014 for the treatment of onychomycosis of the toenails. Jubia is typically applied to toenail fungus using a special brush applicator. Kerydin is comprised of an antifungal medication known as tavaborole. A 5% topical solution, Kerydin (tavaborole) was approved by the FDA in 2014. Tavaborole causes fungal cell death by inhibiting a fungal enzyme involved with protein metabolism and utilizes a special boron technology which is supposed to improve nail penetration. Kerydin is indicated for the treatment of Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. Considering Jublia versus Kerydin implies a discussion of the pros and cons of efinaconazole versus tavaborole.

Ciclodan and Penlac consist of an ingredient called ciclopirox. Ciclodan and Penlac are available as an 8% topical solution and both topical toenail fungus solutions are applied as nail lacquers to the toenails and fingernails. Ciclodan and Penlac are often used in mild cases of toenail fungus that do not involve the lunula. Ciclodan and Penlac (ciclopirox) are usually used as complementary nail fungus treatment in conjunction with other modalities such as oral toenail fungus medications or even procedural treatment.

Toenail Fungus - Overview

Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, usually affects the toenails but the fungus may also affect the fingernails. A toenail fungus infection is caused by a group of fungi known as dermatophytes (tinea unguium). Fingernails and toenails infected with fungus become brittle and can turn white, yellow or even black in color. The surrounding skin can also become infected, leading to pain and swelling. Sometimes, toenail fungus cultures are performed before initiating treatment for a toenail fungus infection.

Toenail Fungus - Medication Effectiveness

Toenail fungus medications like Lamisil, Sporanox, Kerydin, Jublia and Penlac / Ciclodan can help people treat a toenail or fingernail fungus infection but they do not work for everyone. And, if a toenail fungus medication is used inconsistently or is discontinued during toenail fungus treatment, the toenail fungus might be inadequately treated and recur.

Toenail Fungus Medications - Side Effects

Toenail fungus medications, like most medications, can cause side effects. Medications for onychomycosis can cause side effects such as gastrointestinal discomfort, a rash, liver inflammation, and worsening of existing heart failure. Toenail fungus medications can also interfere with the metabolism of other medications in the body. While safe in many people, all toenail fungus medications can also cause severe allergic reactions.

Many side effects of toenail fungus prescription medications will go away once the toenail fungus medication is stopped. Anyone thinking about getting toenail fungus treatment should talk to a pharmacist and their medical provider before using a toenail fungus medication.

Toenail Fungus Medications - Online

Because they are prescription medications, one cannot simply buy Lamisil or Sporanox or buy Jublia, Kerydin, or Ciclodan / Penlac online to treat a toenail fungus infection. Instead, toenail fungus medications that require a prescription need to be dispensed by a licensed pharmacy online or at a local pharmacy. Push Health can help connect you with a licensed medical provider who can prescribe medications for you to help with toenail fungus treatment if it is safe to do so.

Last updated April 1, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.