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Clioquinol Topical

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Clioquinol is used to treat eczema, jock itch, athlete’s foot, and ringworm among other skin problems.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.

How should this medicine be used?

To apply to the skin, clioquinol is available as a cream, lotion, and ointment. Typically, clioquinol is taken twice to four times a day for four weeks (2 weeks for jock itch). Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any aspect you do not understand while you carefully follow the instructions on the label. Follow the clioquinol instructions exactly. Use it only as directed on the product label, neither more nor less than that, and never more frequently.

Clean the diseased area thoroughly, let it dry, and then gently rub the medication in until the majority of the infection is gone. Just enough medicine should be applied to the affected region. Once the drug has been applied, wash your hands.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using clioquinol,

  • If you have an allergy to clioquinol or any other medication, tell your doctor and pharmacist.
  • In addition to vitamins, be sure to let your doctor and pharmacist know what prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking.
  • If you are scheduled to undergo a thyroid function test, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you get pregnant while taking clioquinol.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

As soon as you realise you missed a dose, administer it. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. Applying a second dose to make up for a missed one is not advised.

What side effects can this medication cause?

There may be adverse effects from clioquinol. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Irritation or stinging
  • Redness
  • Swelling

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom). Avoid freezing. Keep the light off of it.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at for additional information.

Although many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments. Clioquinol should only be applied externally and can leave a yellow stain on your skin, hair, nails, and clothes. Avoid getting clioquinol in your mouth or eyes, and avoid swallowing it. Unless your doctor instructs you to, avoid using lotions, cosmetics, or other skin care items on the region that is being treated.

Do not share your medication with anybody else. Call your doctor if, after finishing the clioquinol, you continue to experience infection-related symptoms.

Do not share your medication with anybody else. Call your doctor if, after finishing the clioquinol, you continue to experience infection-related symptoms.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Vioform®
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