Niogermox: Everything you need to know about it


These days, it seems like nearly everyone is looking to do something about their appearance and health in some way or another.

Most people aren’t sure how to go about finding the solution that’s right for them, so they wind up trying out several different things and products, wasting time and money, and gaining negative results (side effects) which are sometimes very serious in the process.

Today, we will be focusing on a medicinal product called Niogermox.

Are you having fungi infection on your nails that is causing onychomycosis (A fungal infection that causes the coloring, thickness, and detachment of the nails from the nail bed), or skin infections, especially on your faces like an outbreak of acne and Niogermox has been prescribed for you?

What of hair problems like hair loss and infections? Has Niogermox been recommended for your treatment?

If yes, you might be wondering what this medication is? How does it work? Its dosage? Its efficiency and safety?

Don’t worry. Say no more, because this post will answer these questions and more.

We’ve got all the information you need right here, including the pros and cons of using this product as well as some side effects that you might experience while taking this new pill.

This article will break down everything you need to know about Niogermox.

We will be discussing everything from what it does, to what you need to be aware of to use it safely and effectively.

Let’s take a look at what Niogermox is, how it works, and what benefits you can expect from it, including its side effects to help you decide whether or not this product is right for you.


Niogermox – What is it?

Niogermox solution for nail treatment - Healthsoothe

Niogermox is an antifungal treatment used to treat onychomycosis (A fungal infection that causes the coloring, thickness, and detachment of the nails from the nail bed). 

It belongs to the antifungal drug class and it is used to prevent the spread of nail fungus.

Some people also used this medication for their hair treatments since it is also available as a shampoo, not only as a topical lotion or cream. 

The shampoo version of Niogermox is not only used for hair treatments, but some people who are suffering from hair loss use Niogermox shampoo for hair growth.

It is available in gel, lotion, solution, and cream forms, as well as also available as a shampoo.

It mainly comes in glass bottles with an applicator. These glass bottles are of various sizes.

So whichever Niogermox product you buy depends on the volume or quantity you are willing to purchase, since it is available in different volumes, this medication comes in 3.3 and 6.6 mL glass bottles with an applicator.


How does Niogermox work?

Niogermox uses ciclopirox which is its main constituent to stop the growth of fungi that damages your skin and nails when you apply it topically on the affected surface.

It works by modifying the plasma membrane of fungi, resulting in the disorganization of the internal structures of the fungus, thereby hindering its growth and killing it.  

It exerts its effect by disrupting cell division signals, DNA repair, and structures of the fungus affecting you, as well as stopping some elements of intracellular transport that are necessary for the fungus’s survival, thereby killing it. 


Different forms/versions of Niogermox

It comes in the following forms;

  • Gel form
  • Lotion form 
  • Solution form
  • Cream form

All the above forms of Niogermox are meant to be applied topically or externally.


How do you use Niogermox? – Its dosage

Application of Niogermox Nail Lacquer - Healthsoothe

For people using Niogermox cream, gel, or lotion;

  • It should be kept away from the eyes.
  • Apply enough Niogermox to cover the afflicted region as well as the surrounding skin or scalp, and gently massage it in.


For people using Niogermox shampoo form:

  • It should be kept away from the eyes.
  • Wet your hair and apply shampoo. 
  • Lather your hair and scalp and leave it like that for 3 minutes. 
  • A timer should be used and the hair should be rinsed well when done.


For people using it as a topical solution - Niogermox NAIL LACQUER (ciclopirox) Topical Solution;

  • It should be kept away from the eyes and mucous membranes.
  • A patient instruction document is included with Niogermox. Read this leaflet carefully and follow the instructions. 
  • If you have any queries about how to take it, consult with your doctor.
  • You will need to cut your nails as advised and contact your healthcare expert at regular intervals to have the unattached diseased nails removed in addition to using it daily.
  • On the treated nails, do not apply nail paint or other nail cosmetic items.
  • Do not use near a heat source or an open flame.

When using it to treat some kinds of cutaneous fungal infections, an occlusive dressing should not be used. This may cause skin irritation.

If your doctor has instructed you to use an airtight covering over where you applied the Niogermox treatment, do so, but if not, leave it like that.

To help clear up your infection entirely, it is essential that you use it for the whole duration of therapy, even if your symptoms begin to improve after a few days. 

Because fungal infections may take a long time to clear up, you may need to use it every day for many weeks or longer.

If you discontinue it too soon, your symptoms may reappear. Don't skip any dosages.


Dosing of Niogermox

Its dosage will vary depending on the person and the form of Niogermox you will be buying. Follow your doctor's orders or the label's instructions.

The following information only contains typical Niogermox dosages. If your dosage differs, do not modify it unless your doctor instructs you to.

The quantity of medication you take is determined by the potency of the drug.

Furthermore, the number of dosages you take each day, the interval between doses, and the length of time you take the drug are determined by the medical issue for which you are taking the medicine.


The dosage for different forms of Niogermox are;

  1. Lotion and topical cream dosage forms

For Fungus infections:  

  • For Adults and children aged 10 and older: Apply twice a day, morning and evening.
  • Children under the age of 11: Use and dosage must be established by a doctor’s prescription.
  1. Gel dosage form

For Fungus infections and seborrheic dermatitis: 

  • Adults and children 16 years of age and older: Apply twice a day, morning and evening.
  • Children under the age of 16: Use and dosage must be established by a doctor’s prescription.
  1. Shampoo dosage form

For Seborrheic dermatitis: 

  • Adults and children 16 years and older: Apply 1 teaspoon (or up to 2 teaspoons for long hair) twice a week for four weeks, with at least three days between applications.
  • Children under the age of 16: Use and dosage must be established by a doctor’s prescription.
  1. Solution dosage form

For people using Niogermox NAIL LACQUER (ciclopirox) Topical Solution, 8%;

  • Niogermox NAIL LACQUER (ciclopirox) Topical Solution, 8%, should be applied to all afflicted nails once daily (ideally at night or eight hours before bathing) using the accompanying applicator brush. 
  • It should be applied uniformly over the afflicted nail plate.
  • After removing it with alcohol, users should file away (with an emery board) stray nail material and trim nails as needed or as advised by a health care provider every seven days.
  • If feasible, apply this topical solution to the nail bed, hyponychium, and undersurface of the nail plate when it is free of the nail bed (e.g., onycholysis).
  • It should not be used daily. Every seven days, apply a new coat over the previous one and remove it with alcohol. This cycle should be repeated throughout this treatment.

It should be used as part of a complete onychomycosis treatment regimen.

The removal of the detached, infected nail by a health care expert monthly, weekly trimming by the user, and daily administration of the drug are all essential parts of this treatment.

Diabetes patients should be given careful attention while selecting an appropriate nail treatment regimen (see warnings and precautions).

For Fungus infections: 

  • Adults: Use one time a day, at sleep time or 8hrs before bathing.
  • Children under the age of 18: Use and dosage must be established by a doctor’s prescription.

Missed your dosage? - What do you do?

If you miss a Niogermox dosage, take it as soon as possible. If your next dosage is approaching, omit the missing dose and resume your usual dosing regimen.

Overdose? – What do you do?

If you use too much of a Niogermox product, all you have to do to correct this is to thoroughly wash the product off, and reapply the product again just as it was specified on the product’s packet or as your doctor prescribed.


Benefits of using Niogermox

benefits of Niogermox - Healthsoothe

Niogermox products are used to treat fungi infections on your skin, hair, and nails.

They are used for the following;

  • Fungi infections on the skin.
  • Fungi infections on hair and scalp.
  • Boosting hair growth by using it as a shampoo.
  • Certain hair infections.
  • Fungi infections on the nails, nail bed, and root.
  • Onychomycosis


Side Effects of using Niogermox

Any medication may have certain unintended consequences in addition to its intended benefits.

Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do, they may need medical treatment, and side effects of any medicine often occur when that medication is misused or not used properly.

So, to be on the safe side, always take medicine as directed, and any side effects you experience will be transitory or will disappear after the drug loses its efficacy or you stop taking it.

Niogermox has its own set of side effects.

If any of the following side effects develop, see your doctor as soon as possible if it persists or it is severe.

Common side effects;

  • Fast, hammering, or irregular heartbeat or pulse.
  • Feeling Nauseous or fainting.
  • Pain at the afflicted nail(s) or surrounding area when Niogermox nail lacquer was applied.
  • Palpitations.

Uncommon side effects;

  • Redness at the application area.
  • Irritation symptoms did not exist before using it at the application site.
  • Presence of ingrown nail(s) for those using its nail lacquer.
  • Itching at the application area.
  • Nail discoloration at the afflicted nail(s) or surrounding area where its nail lacquer was applied.
  • Swelling in the application area.
  • Change in shape of the nail(s)at the afflicted nail(s) or surrounding area when its nail lacquer was applied.
  • Burning at the application area.
  • Blistering and oozing at the application site.

Some side effects may develop that might not need medical treatment. These side effects may subside as your body responds to the medication. Your doctor may also be able to advise you on how to avoid or mitigate some of these side effects. Consult your doctor if any of the following side effects persist or become bothersome, or if you have any concerns about them:

Side effects common with Niogermox shampoo;

  • Greasy skin
  • Headache
  • Rash and skin condition
  • Dandruff
  • Itching of the skin or scalp

Check with your doctor if you detect any additional side effects. For medical advice on side effects, contact your doctor. You should notify your doctor if you have any side effects that are bothersome or report the side effects to your healthcare provider.



How long does it take Niogermox to work?

It might take up to four weeks to notice improvements.

Continue to take the medication as advised and notify your doctor if your results are not satisfactory.

It is also used to enhance the state of nails, however, it may not treat nail fungus entirely.

It may take 6 months or more to see if your nails are improving. Do not discontinue it without first consulting your doctor.


Is Niogermox Effective and safe?

Like all medications, Niogermox is not exempted from not having any side effects, but one thing to know is that it is effective to use and another thing is that it is safe if you use it as directed. 

On the top side, it is strictly an external medication only to be used topically, so there is no concern of it having major side effects like some other drugs that you take into your body, but even with that, to be on the safe side, always use any Niogermox product you buy as directed as prescribed.


Warnings and precautions to note when taking Niogermox

Note the following;

  • Niogermox products are not for oral, intravaginal, or ophthalmic use. It is only for use on nails and immediately adjacent skin only. You should use its shampoo form for your hair only.
  • If a sensitivity or chemical irritation response occurs while using it medication should be stopped and proper therapy began.
  • There has been no relevant clinical experience with individuals with insulin-dependent diabetes or diabetic neuropathy yet. Before prescribing to patients with a history of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or diabetic neuropathy, the danger of the health care professional removing the detached, infected nail and the person cutting it should be carefully evaluated.
  • Before prescribing to patients with a history of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or diabetic neuropathy, the danger of the health care professional removing the detached, infected nail and the person cutting it should be carefully evaluated.

Take note of the following while using Niogermox NAIL LACQUER (ciclopirox) Topical Solution, 8% to get the most out of this product:

  • As prescribed by a health care practitioner, use Niogermox NAIL LACQUER (ciclopirox) Topical Solution, 8% and Contact with the eyes and mucous membranes should be avoided. 
  • Avoid contact with skin other than the area immediately around the treated nail(s). 
  • It is solely intended for external use.
  • It should be applied uniformly over the whole nail plate and very minute area of surrounding skin. 
  • When the nail plate is free of the nail bed (Onychomycosis), apply it to the nail bed, hyponychium, and under the surface of the nail plate if feasible. 
  • When the nail plate is free of the nail bed (Onychomycosis), apply it to the nail bed, hyponychium, and under the surface of the nail plate if feasible. Contact with the surrounding skin may cause minor, temporary irritation, so apply carefully.
  • If your toes are infected, wear well-fitting, low-heeled shoes that you change regularly, and avoid being barefoot in public places.
  • When participating in sports, use protective footwear and gloves.
  • Wear nothing that might harm or irritate your fingernails or toes while at work, particularly if you have used Niogermox.
  • Keep your nails clean and dry when using this topical solution.
  • Use distinct tools for diseased and healthy nails and never share nail care instruments.
  • With the usage of this medication, the detached, infected nail must be removed by a health care practitioner every month. 
  • Inform a health care practitioner if you have numbness in your toes or fingers so that the proper nail treatment program may be considered.
  • Inform a healthcare expert if the area of application becomes irritated (redness, itching, burning, blistering, swelling, oozing).
  • The whole therapy required to create a clear or nearly clear nail is up to 48 weeks of daily applications of Niogermox NAIL LACQUER (ciclopirox) Topical Solution, 8%, and expert removal of the detached, infected nail as often as monthly (defined as 10 percent or less residual nail involvement).
  • Six months of treatment with expert excision of the detached, infected nail may be necessary before symptoms improve.
  • Use the drug just for the condition for which it was given.
  • On the treated nails, do not apply nail paint or other nail cosmetic items.
  • Because the product is flammable, it should not be used near heat or an open flame.

Make sure to tell your doctor of certain conditions you are in before using this medication. Conditions like pregnancy, breastfeeding, and very young/old age should be analyzed by your doctor before this medication is used on you.



Interactions to Niogermox might happen for the following;

  • If you are pregnant, want to become pregnant, or are nursing
  • If you are using any prescription or over-the-counter medication, herbal preparation, or nutritional supplement
  • If you are allergic to any medications, foods, or other items like the components of Niogermox like ciclopirox.
  • If you have an acne-like rash, measles, skin inflammation around the mouth, weakening skin, a skin disease, or pox.
  • If you have TB, a positive tuberculin skin test, or a recent vaccine.

If you are taking any of the following, consult your doctor before using Niogermox; 

  • Medications for seizures.
  • Steroid creams, lotions, or ointments like diflorasone (Maxiflor, Psorcon), triamcinolone (Aristocort, Kenalog), hydrocortisone (Cortizone, Westcort), betamethasone (Betatrex, Alphatrex, Diprolene), prednicarbate (Dermatop), desonide (DesOwen, Tridesilon), alclometasone (Aclovate), desoximetasone (Topicort), fluocinolone (DermaSmoothe, Synalar), fluocinonide (Lidex), flurandrenolide (Cordran), halcinonide (Halor), mometasone (Elocon), clobetasol (Cormax, Temovate), and others.
  • Inhaled steroids like flunisolide (AeroBid), beclomethasone (Beconase, Vancenase), and budesonide (Pulmicort, Rhinocort).
  • Fluticasone (Advair, Flonase, Flovent), mometasone (Nasonex), and triamcinolone (Azmacort, Nasacort, Tri-Nasal).
  • Oral medications to treat fungal infections such as voriconazole (Vfend), fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), terbinafine (Lamisil) and ketoconazole (Nizoral).

So please consult your doctor if you are in any of the categories above so that negative interactions won’t happen which can lead to major side effects or decrease the potency of Niogermox medication.


Who Can Use Niogermox?

Anyone who has an external fungi medication is eligible to use it, especially if it is for Onychomycosis. It is also available in shampoo form for those who want to boost their hair growth. 

But to always be on the safe side, You need to always consult your doctor before using this medication to be certain that it is right for you.


Is there anyone who shouldn’t use Niogermox?

People who belong to the following category should always confirm with their doctor before using medications;

  • Pregnancy: There have been no sufficient or well-controlled trials of Niogermox topically used in pregnant women. It should only be taken during pregnancy if the possible benefit outweighs the danger to the baby.
  • Nursing Mothers: It is unknown if this medication is excreted in human milk. Because many medicines are excreted in human milk, it should be given to a breastfeeding woman only after consulting with her doctor beforehand.
  • Pediatric: It is deemed safe for use in children twelve years of age and older based on the safety profile in adults. There have been no clinical studies on the pediatric population.
  • Geriatric: Its clinical trials did not involve a significant number of patients aged 65 and above to assess whether they react differently than younger ones. Other clinical studies have shown no variations in reactions between older and younger individuals.

Make sure to tell your doctor if you have the following because it might make you very unsuitable for using it;

  • If you have or have ever had any disease that affects your immune system, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), or severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome (SCID), cancer, cold sores, and diabetes.
  • If you have genital herpes (a sexually transmitted disease that causes painful blisters on reproductive organs).
  • If you have shingles (painful blisters caused by the chickenpox virus).
  • If you have recently had chicken pox.
  • If you have peripheral vascular disease (narrowing of blood vessels in feet, legs, or arms causing numbness, pain, or coldness in that part of the body) or seizures.
  • If you have fungal infections on your skin such as athlete’s foot and ringworm (ring-shaped discolored patches of scales and blisters on the skin, hair, or nails);
  • If you have ever had an organ transplant.

If you are in any of the above conditions, and you use it, it might cause serious side effects which can even be fatal, so always make sure to consult your doctor before using any medication.



How Long Does One Bottle of Niogermox Product Last?

Once a bottle of Niogermox product is opened, it should last for 8 weeks if used as prescribed.


Niogermox for Hair Growth?

Yeah. Believe it or not. People use Niogermox shampoo to treat their hair loss, not only for their hair infections.

They use it to boost their hair growth, especially if they are losing their hair or going bald. 

Read above for instructions on how to use Niogermox shampoo to get the best out of it. 

I have already written how to use Niogermox shampoo under one of the subheadings in this article titled; Dosing of Niogermox.

Check there if you want to know how to use the shampoo form of Niogermox.


How do I buy this Niogermox?

In pharmacies or physical supermarkets, as well as in some online stores.


Do I Need a Prescription to buy/Use Niogermox?

Nope, you can purchase it OTC in various pharmacies, supermarkets, and online stores. But I will advise you to consult your doctor first before using this medication.


Where To Buy Niogermox Online/offline?

You can buy any Niogermox product at your local pharmacy or supermarket if it is well stocked. 

If you want to buy the medication online, it is available on Amazon, Polichem, and MedixPharma (For only Mexicans).


How much are Niogermox products?

Niogermox prices range from $ 41.69 to $78.73, but there are discounts and coupons which can help significantly in reducing the prices for you.

The shipping cost is $25 when shipped by Amazon, but you can use coupons and discounts to get a shipping fee of $15.19.


Storage of Niogermox products

All versions of this drug should be stored at room temperature, free from moisture, heat, and light.


The Takeaway

This medication may not result in clean nails for the people who use the nail lacquer.

In clinical trials, fewer than 12% of individuals were able to acquire a totally clean or nearly clear toenail. 

So if you have used this medication over the prescribed time of treatment, consult your doctor for other treatment therapies.

Always use this medication as prescribed or directed no matter what form you buy to get the most out of it. 

So that is it!!! I hope this article answered the questions or clarified the doubts you had about Niogermox.

If you still need more about it, you can check the FAQs section below to know what others have been asking about Niogermox.



Frequently Asked Questions about Niogermox

Is Niogermox available on Amazon?

Yeah. It definitely is.


Is Niogermox available at Walmart?

Nope, it isn’t available for now, but you can check Walmart now and see whether it has been added to their stocks.


What are the shipping costs for buying Niogermox online?

The shipping cost is $25 when shipped by Amazon, but you can use coupons and discounts to get a shipping fee of $15.19.


How is Niogermox related to ciclopirox?

Ciclopirox is majorly related to Niogermox because it is the main ingredient of Niogermox that without it, Niogermox is useless in fighting fungal infections.


What does Niogermox have to do with Isdin?

Isdin is a company/site that produces and sells skincare products like Niogermox.


What is Niogermox 8?

What Niogermox 8 actually means is Niogermox® NAIL LACQUER (ciclopirox) Topical Solution, 8%.

It is one of the forms of Niogermox used strictly for the treatment of fungal nail(s) infections. So people just shortened the name to Niogermox 8.



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