Jublia Offers New Topical Treatment for Nail Fungus

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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Jublia (efinaconazole) is a new medication for the topical treatment of toenail fungus, approved by the FDA in 2014 and now available in pharmacies.

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus is an infection underneath the toenail in the skin of the nail bed. Symptoms include thickening of the toenail, discoloration, change in nail shape, loosening or lifting of the nail, brittleness, and crumbling of nail edges.

It can be very difficult to get rid of and an oral antifungal medication can sometimes be required to fully treat the condition. However, Jublia has been specifically formulated to reach the site of infection to effectively treat toenail fungus.

How is Jublia used?
Jublia is available as a 10% topical solution, to be applied once daily for 48 weeks. It is for fungal infections of the toenail ONLY.

One drop is applied onto the affected toenail (two for the big toe), and the attached brush is used to spread the medication around the whole nail, including the cuticle, skin next to the nail, and underneath the nail.

It should be allowed to dry completely.

What are the side effects of using Jublia?

Jublia’s most common side effects of Jublia include ingrown toenails, redness, itching, swelling, burning or stinging, and blisters.

Are there any other similar medications to Jublia?

Yes. Penlac 8% is a topical solution similar to Jublia that can be used on both fingernails and toenails. Penlac 8% solution is applied once daily to the affected nail(s), but removed with alcohol every 7 days.

Does Jublia have any prescriptions savings programs available?

Yes. If you qualify you may be eligible to receive a free-trial of Jublia. For more information, visit the Jublia page here.

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