Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer

  • Generic (cheaper) version of Curanail
  • Stops the fungus from growing and spreading
  • Effectively treats nail fungus infections
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Amorolfine 5% Nail Lacquer for fungal nail infections

Fungal nail infections can often be unsightly and cause thickening, discoloration and pain of the nail and surrounding area. Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer is a suitable anti-fungal treatment for adults which can clear fungal infections of fingernails in just 6 months, and toenail infections in just 9 months.

Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer is available to buy online from Medicine Direct following a consultation with one of our UK prescribers.

What is Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer?

Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer is a treatment for fungal nail infections. It is a generic version of Curanail and Loceryl gel, which are over the counter treatments for a fungal nail infection.

Amorolfine is an antifungal medicine and the active ingredient contained in the nail lacquer.

You need a prescription to buy Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer.

What is Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer used to treat?

Amorolfine is a medication for adults over the age of 18 who are suffering with a fungal nail infection.

You can use this medicine on infections of either the fingernail or toenail.

It is very important that you continue to use it until your fungal nail infection has cleared. For fingernails, this normally takes around 6 months; for toenails, it is normally around 9 to 12 months. Your doctor will likely check the infected nails every 3 months or so, to see how treatment is progressing.

How does Amorolfine work?

Amorolfine works by stopping the production of ergosterol, which is a chemical in fungus that causes nail infections to occur. When ergosterol is not being produced, the fungus's cells break down and the fungus can no longer continue to grow. The infection will clear as your nail grows out, and eventually only healthy new nail will remain.

Amorolfine is the first line treatment option for a variety of fungal nail infections and has shown a 90% success rate at clearing or reducing the infections.

How to use Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer

Apply Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer once or twice a week, as your doctor has instructed you.

  1. Before applying Amorolfine for the first time, clean the nail and file down the affected area of nail using the nail file provided.
  2. Using the swabs that come with the medicine, clean the nail’s surface.
  3. Using one of the spatulas, apply the varnish to the entire infected nail. If you are applying it to more than one nail, clean the spatula between applications.
  4. Clean the spatula using the swabs provided after applying the lacquer.
  5. Allow the lacquer around 3 minutes to dry on the nail(s).

Read the patient information leaflet for a full list of instructions.

What if I stop using it?

You must not stop using Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer before your doctor tells you that it is safe to do so. If you stop using this treatment before the infection is cleared, or before your doctor tells you to stop using it, your infection could come back again.

Who can use Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer?

This treatment is not suitable for everyone to use.

You must not use Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer if you are allergic to amorolfine or any of the other ingredients contained in this treatment.

Amorolfine nail lacquer is not suitable for use on children due to a lack of clinical experience.

Speak to your doctor before using this medication if:

  • You have diabetes
  • You have poor blood circulation in your hands or feet
  • You have an underactive immune system, such as the result of suffering from diseases like HIV or from treatments like chemotherapy

You should not buy Amorolfine if you have a destroyed or severely damaged nail.

This list may not be exhaustive. Always make sure you consult the patient information leaflet before you start to use Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer. Here, you will find a complete list of warnings.

Can you buy Amorolfine over the counter?

No, Amorolfine is a prescription-only medicine (POM) and not for sale over the counter.

Can you buy Amorolfine online in the UK?

You can buy Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer online from Medicine Direct. As this medication is a prescription-strength treatment, you will need to complete an online consultation before you can buy it from our online pharmacy. One of our prescribers will review your answers and assess your condition to ensure that this medicine is the most suitable for you.

Never order any form of medicine online unless it is from a registered pharmacy like Medicine Direct. We are fully regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which means that we can guarantee our customers nothing but genuine forms of the medication they require.

Amorolfine alternatives

The branded version of Amorolfine, Curanail is also available. While you can order Curanail over the counter, it can only be used to treat a maximum of two nail infections at once. On the other hand, Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer can be prescribed to treat several infections simultaneously, making it a better value medication.

Dosage and Directions

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Amorolfine Nail Laquer

Always use Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet before using it; speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure of how to apply it.

Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer should be applied to the infected finger or toe nail(s) once or twice a week, as instructed by your doctor.

Try to apply it at the same time every week, to provide consistent treatment and to ensure that you do not forget to apply it.

How to store Amorolfine

Do not use this medication after the expiry date, which will be stated on the pack.

Keep out of the reach and sight of children and make sure the bottle is tightly sealed after using it.

Ask your pharmacist about the safest and most environmentally friendly way to dispose of any unused medicine. Do not dispose of Amorolfine via wastewater or household waste.

If you get Amorolfine in your eyes or ears

If this happens, you must wash your eyes and/or ears with clean water immediately and contact your doctor, pharmacist or hospital as soon as possible.

If you accidentally swallow it

Contact your doctor, pharmacist or local hospital immediately if you or anyone else swallows Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer.

What if I forget to use it?

If you forget to apply Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer, do not worry. Just apply it as soon as you do remember and then continue to use it as normal.

To effectively treat fungal nail infections, it is very important that you are consistent with your application of the nail lacquer. For this reason, it is best if you apply it at the same time every week, to get into a routine of doing so. Some people find it beneficial to set an alarm as a reminder to apply it. Alternatively, you could speak to your doctor or pharmacist for tips on how to remember to use your treatment.

How often should I apply Amorolfine nail lacquer?


Amorolfine should be applied once or twice a week, unless your doctor instructs you to do otherwise.

How will I know when it has cured my infection?


It can take several months for Amorolfine to work. You will know the infection has cleared when new nail has had the chance to grow and replace the infected areas. For successful treatment, you must keep applying the lacquer.

How long do I need to use Amorolfine for?


If you are treating a fungal fingernail infection, it will normally take about 6 months to treat. Fungal toenail infections are more likely to need between 9 and 12 months of treatment.

How long will one bottle of Amorolfine last?


A 5ml bottle of Amorolfine should last for the entire length of treatment. It is enough for 150 applications.

Is Amorolfine an effective treatment for fungal nail infections?


Yes, clinical research has shown this medicine to provide effective treatment for 90% of fungal nail infections. However, you must keep applying it until the infection has cleared.

Is Amorolfine poisonous?


Amorolfine is safe to be used by adults who are suffering from fungal nail infections. The lacquer must not be swallowed or used on children.

Is Amorolfine a steroid?


No, Amorolfine is a morpholine antifungal medicine. It is not a steroid.

What happens if I don’t get my fungal infection treated?


Left untreated, the fungus from the toenail can spread to the surrounding skin, which can sometimes cause athlete’s foot. You should always seek treatment for a fungal nail infection.

Can I apply nail varnish while using Amorolfine?


Yes, nail varnish can be worn while using this treatment. However, you should allow Amorolfine nail lacquer at least 10 minutes to get to work before you paint your nails. If you do paint your nails, the varnish must be removed before you apply Amorolfine again.

Side effects

Like all medication, Amorolfine nail lacquer comes with the risk of certain side effects, although not everyone who uses it will get them.

Even when used as directed by your doctor or pharmacist, you may still experience some side effects while using Amorolfine nail lacquer, although you should still be receiving the benefits of the treatment at the same time.

Rare side effects may include a burning sensation that occurs in the area around your nail while you use the treatment.

You may also suffer nail damage, discolouration or fragile or brittle nails.

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if any of these side effects bother you or do not go away.

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list; please refer to the patient information leaflet for more serious reactions you may suffer as a result of using this product.

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you start to use it.

Serious allergic reaction

In rare cases, it is possible that you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to Amorolfine nail lacquer.

You must either go to A&E or dial 999 straight away if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • You develop a skin rash that is red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat
  • You have swelling in your throat, lips, mouth, tongue or face
  • You are wheezing
  • You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak

You may be having a serious allergic reaction and require immediate treatment in a hospital.

If you are worried about side effects, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you start to use this treatment.

Warnings and drug interactions

Before using Amorolfine, you should inform your doctor if you are currently using any other medication. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medicine, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

Do not use artificial nails while using Amorolfine nail lacquer. It is safe for you to use cosmetic nail varnish, but you should wait for at least 10 minutes after you have applied Amorolfine before painting your nails.

You should carefully remove all cosmetic nail varnish before you apply Amorolfine again.

Do not use this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is only suitable for adults who are at least 18 years old.

This medicine is for external use only; do not inhale or swallow Amorolfine. Avoid contact with the eyes, mouth and ears.

You should dispose of each nail file after using them, reuse could mean you inadvertently reapply the infection. Use a new nail file for each weekly treatment.

If you have seen no improvement in your infection after 3 months, you should make an appointment to see your doctor.

Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start using this treatment. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please do not hesitate to discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

You should not use this treatment without speaking to a doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

You must inform your doctor if you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant, before using this treatment. Similarly, you must also make sure your doctor is aware if you are currently breastfeeding. A more suitable medication may be available for you to use.

Amorolfine Ingredients

The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Amorolfine hydrochloride

For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics

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Written byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 28/09/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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