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Curanail 5%

Curanail is a branded type of medication for fungal nail infections. It contains the antifungal medication, amorolfine, which works against fungi by causing holes in the cell membranes. This causes the essential parts of the fungus cell to leak out, killing the fungi and eliminating the spread of infection.

It’s a topical treatment that comes in the form of a medicated nail lacquer, and everything you need for the treatment is included in the pack.

Curanail can be obtained from pharmacies and supermarkets, as well as ordering it online through services like Doctor4U.

You should make sure that your infection is mild before placing your order. If it’s moderate or severe, you should make an appointment with your doctor to discuss other options.

It’s important to treat a fungal nail infection as soon as you realise there’s an issue, as this may be able to stop it worsening.

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Please see Curanail Patient Information Leaflet

Last PIL review date: 15/01/2020

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  • Amorolfine should only be applied to the affected nails and not the ssurrounding skin.
  • Avoid any medication coming into ontact with mucous membranes
  • You shouldn't wear artificial nails during the treatment period
  • Always apply amorolfine directly to the nail. You may wear cosmetic nail varnish, but you should wait at least 10 minutes after using amorolfine before painting your nails. You must also remove the polish before the next application of amorolfine
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  • You have an allergy to amorolfine
  • You've used this treatment in the past and suffered with serious side effects
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What is Curanail?

Curanail is a branded medication for the treatment of fungal nail infections. It contains the ingredient amorolfine, which is an antifungal drug.

Curanail works by breaking down the fungal cell membranes and creating holes in them. This then causes essential nutrients and constituents to leak out, killing the fungi and stopping the spread of the infection.

Curanail is intended for the treatment of mild fungal nail infections. If you think that your infection is moderate to severe, you should visit your GP or local pharmacy to ask advice on what treatments you can use.

What is a fungal nail infection?

A fungal nail infection happens when certain fungi gain access to your nails. It’s most common on the toenails, but can also happen on the fingernails.

It’s most commonly caused by the same fungi that’s responsible for athlete’s foot (or tinea pedis), and usually happens when the infection spreads to the nail.

Fungal nail infections usually start at the edges of the nail, and gradually spread inwards to the centre. There is often some discoloration, with the nail appearing yellow or brown, and sometimes it may lift off the nail bed. Over time, the nail can become brittle and prone to breaking.

It’s a common condition, but can be embarrassing, especially in the summer months where open-toed shoes are popular.

The infection usually takes a while to fully develop and cause problems, but treatments such as curanail are available to repair the damage before it becomes too severe.

Can I use curanail?

There are only a few people that aren’t able to use this treatment, or that should speak to their local pharmacist before using it. These include people who:

  • Have a moderate to severe fungal nail infection
  • Are allergic to amorolfine or other similar antifungal treatments
  • Are pregnant
  • Are breast feeding
  • Have poor circulation in the hands or feet
  • Have more than two infected nails in total
  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Are diabetic
  • Have dark stripes running down the nail.

If any of these apply to you, you should seek a pharmacist or doctor’s advice before you start treatment with curanail.

There aren’t any known interactions that happen with Curanail, but it’s still important to tell your pharmacist or GP about any and all other drugs you may be taking. This includes recreational drugs, over-the-counter medicines, prescription medications, and herbal remedies.

What are the side effects of using Curanail?

Curanail doesn’t usually cause side effects in most people. There have been some reports of adverse effects, but these are rare and shouldn’t affect a majority of users. Some of the complaints include:

  • Nail damage
  • Discoloured nails
  • Fragile/brittle nails

It may be the case that these side effects were due to the medication not working, and the infection worsening. This is normally the case with more severe infections.

More side effects can be found inside the patient information leaflet that’s included in each Curanail box. It’s important to read this thoroughly before you use the treatment in order to know all of the potential side effects, and also how to apply the treatment.

How do you use Curanail?

Full instructions and diagrams can be found in the patient information leaflet, but we’ll provide a brief overview of how to apply the treatment here.

Before you use the treatment for the first time, you should prepare the nail by using a file on any infected areas, including the surface of the nail. To reduce the risk of spreading the infection, you should use a new file each time and for each infected nail.

Next, you should clean the nail with a swab (included in the pack), and keep it to one side for cleaning the applicator after you’ve finished.

Dip the applicator into the medicated nail lacquer and apply it evenly over the entire surface of the nail. Let it dry and clean the applicator with the same swab that you cleaned your nail with.

You should use the treatment once a week until the nail is healthy again. Before each new application, you should clean the nail with a new swab to remove any residual medicated lacquer, and repeat the process again.

Can I use nail varnish with Curanail?

Yes. It’s safe to use nail varnish, but you must wait at least 10 minutes after using Curanail to apply it. It’s also important to use Curanail before you use nail varnish, as otherwise the medication amy not reach the infection at all.

How long does Curanail take to work?

Fungal nail infections are notorious for taking a while to clear up. Fingernails generally tend to be back to normal after 9 months of treatment, whilst toenails can take up to a year to recover. You should use Curanail once a week until your nail is completely healthy again. Every 3 months, you should check the progress of your treatment. You can do this in the patient information leaflet where a tracking chart is provided. If you find that the treatment is working, you should carry on with it. However, if you don’t see an improvement or your nail infection worsens, you should make an appointment with your GP to see what other options are available to treat it.

You should expect to start seeing an improvement in the nail’s appearance after three months of using Curanail.

Fungal nail infections are slow to develop, and equally as slow to treat.

Dosage Instructions
The lacquer should be painted onto the affected nail(s) once a week as below. Don't apply it on the skin around the nail.
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UK Standard Delivery, £1.99

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UK Express Delivery, £2.99

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DPD Next Day Delivery, £4.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

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If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Next Day Delivery, by 12 Noon, £9.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

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DPD Next Day Delivery, by 10:30am, £14.99  (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am the following working day

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered the following Saturday

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DPD Saturday Delivery, by 12:00am, £21.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12:00am Saturday

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DPD Saturday Delivery, by 10:30am, £29.99

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