Compare ciclopirox vs. Nystatin

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Treats fungal infections on nails, scalp, and skin.

Loprox (ciclopirox) is a cheap, effective treatment for fungal infections that have not penetrated past the skin, but requires daily application for weeks to months to see an improvement.

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  • Has few side effects compared to oral anti-fungal medications.
  • Easy to use and can be applied directly on the infected areas of the skin.
  • Safe to use for even people who have liver or kidney disease.
  • Available in cheap, generic version.
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  • You might need to use Loprox (ciclopirox) for many months to treat your condition.
  • In cases where Loprox (ciclopirox) is used on nails, you might need to remove the medication with alcohol every 7 days.
  • Not the best treatment option for severe and complicated fungal infections.
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Used for
  • Candidal vulvovaginitis Candidiasis of skin
  • Cutaneous and mucocutaneous infections Gastrointestinal candidiasis
  • Non-esophageal Oropharyngeal candidiasis
  • Candidiasis; Prophylaxis
Dosage forms
  • Cream
  • Gel
  • Liquid
  • Shampoo
  • Lotion
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Topical
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
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Side effects
The Loprox (ciclopirox) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Mycostatin (Nystatin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • For external use only
  • Allergic reactions
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