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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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 contains the active ingredient amorolfine, which is an antifungal medicine.

You can order Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer from Medicine Direct's online pharmacy when you have had an online consultation with one of our registered doctors. They will prescribe Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer if they deem it a suitable treatment for you to use. Order by 2pm and we can offer you free next day delivery.

What is Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer used to treat?

Amorolfine nail varnish is used to treat fungal nail infections. It 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 breakdown and the fungus can no longer continue to grow. The infection will clear as your nail grows out and eventually only your healthy nail will remain.

How long does it take to work?

It is very important that you continue to use it until your fungal nail infection has cleared. For finger nails, this normally takes around 6 months; for toe nails, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Who can use Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer?

This treatment is not suitable for everyone to use. If you have any doubts about your suitability for using this medication, we strongly advise you to address your concerns with your doctor or pharmacist before you start to use it.

You must not use Amorolfine 5% nail lacquer if you are allergic to amorolfine or any of the other ingredients contained in this treatment. Please refer to the Ingredients tab for a comprehensive list of ingredients.

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 Amolfine if you have a destroyed or severely damaged nail.

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

All of our doctors are also registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), meaning they are able to legally prescribe medicine just like your local GP.

We offer a fast delivery service; when you buy your treatment from us, your medicine will be despatched in discrete packaging, and if you order by 2pm we can also offer you free next day delivery.

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.

Amorolfine application instructions

  1. Before you use the nail varnish for the first time, carefully clean your nails; file down the affected area of the nails, especially on the surface, as far down as you can, using the nail file that is provided with the treatment. Do not file the skin around the nail.
  2. Clean the nail's surface with the swabs provided with the treatment.
  3. Apply the lacquer using one of the spatulas in the carton to the whole of the infected nails. If you have more than one infected nail, clean the spatula between using it on different nails; this will help to stop the lacquer from becoming contaminated. Do not wipe the spatula on the edge of the bottle.
  4. Repeat the above steps for each infected nail.
  5. Clean the spatula using the swabs that come with the treatment.
  6. Allow the nail lacquer to dry for 3 minutes and seal the bottle again.

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.

What causes nail fungus?

A fungal nail infection is caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm, jock itch and athlete's foot. It is the result of an overgrowth of fungi in, under, or on the nail. Fungi can easily reproduce in warm, moist environments, meaning it is very common for fungal nail infections to occur in your toe nails more than your fingers because they are confined to shoes and socks for much of the time. Your body already has fungi that can cause a nail infection, and if you come into contact with someone who has a fungal infection already, you may contract it too. If you go for a manicure or pedicure at a nail salon, you should make sure that the staff properly disinfect their tools on a regular basis.

Does Amorolfine nail lacquer work?

This medication is one of the most commonly prescribed treatments for fungal nail infections. When used consistently and correctly, it can restore healthy nails and fight infection. It works by stopping the production of a chemical called ergosterol, which is a chemical in fungus that causes nail infections. This treatment stops ergosterol from being produced, meaning that the fungus's cells will breakdown because are unable to continue to grow. Healthy nails will continue to grow out, and the infection will clear as the nail continues to grow; eventually, only healthy nails will remain. For toe nail infections, it normally takes between 9 and 12 months to clear up. For finger nail infections, it should take around 6 months.

How should I use it?

Always use Amorolfine exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Step by step instructions on how to apply the nail lacquer can be found on the main page. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for further instructions if you are unsure of how to apply it. If you have been using this medication on your nails correctly and have seen no improvement after 3 months, you should make an appointment to see your doctor. You may require a different form of treatment.

How long is the usual treatment course of Amorolfine for a fingernail infection?

Normally, a fungal nail infection in your finger will take around 6 months to improve when using this treatment. Nail infections in your toe nails will usually take between 9 and 12 months to get better. If you have not seen any improvement after 3 months, you should make an appointment to see your doctor.

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.


The active ingredient in this medication is amorolfine hydrochloride.

Inactive ingredients also contained are: ethanol anhydrous, ammonio methacrylate copolymer (type A), ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, triacetin.

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Written byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 07/06/2021

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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