The stubborn symptoms of toenail fungus can take down even the tough guys. ONMEL® (itraconazole) uses the power of itraconazole to effectively treat toenail fungus at its source. Just one 200-mg ONMEL tablet a day for 12 weeks helps you kick toenail fungus—and get back in the game.
A toenail fungal infection can hammer at your toenails. ONMEL uses the power of itraconazole with proprietary Meltrex® Technology and helps stop the infection where it starts. ONMEL helps you go to work on toenail fungus.
A toenail fungal infection can trip up even the most seasoned professional. Stubborn symptoms of nail fungus can become embarrassing and tough to handle. One ONMEL® (itraconazole) tablet once a day for 12 weeks can help you kick toenail fungus and get back to business. LEARN MORE
Onychomycosis is truly a fungus among us! Fungi are fond of warm, damp areas. So you can easily pick up toenail fungus by:
Having athlete’s foot, another fungal infection, may increase your risk of toenail fungus.
Injuring your toe or having certain health conditions—such as diabetes, circulatory problems, or a weakened immune system—may also increase your risk of getting toenail fungus.
Having discolored or thickened toenails may be embarrassing. But toenail fungus is not just cosmetic. Without treatment, it won’t go away. It can actually spread and may get worse. Here are some problems that toenail fungus can cause:
If your toenails are discolored, or if they have thickened, you may think it’s clear that you have toenail fungus. But just looking at your nails isn’t enough.
That’s because toenail fungus may be mistaken for something else, such as:
Your podiatrist or dermatologist may take a nail scraping and send it to a lab to rule out nonfungal causes and to confirm that it is toenail fungus.
It may be easy to get toenail fungus, but it sure is tough to get rid of! Putting off treatment may even make things worse, giving the fungal infection more of a chance to grow. This may cause more damage to your toenails.
The earlier you seek professional medical help, the greater chance you have of clearing up your toenail fungus—and keeping it from spreading. Treatment options include topical treatments (such as antifungal cream, lotion, or polish), laser treatment, and oral treatments, such as ONMEL® (itraconazole).
Topical treatments are applied to the nail surface over a period of time. That treatment period is typically 48 weeks.
Antifungal pills attack the fungal infection from inside the body. The treatment period is typically 12 weeks. But be patient; it may take several months before you see a difference. That’s because it takes time (between 12 and 18 months) for the healthy nail to grow back completely.
Your healthcare provider may order blood tests to check your liver function before prescribing an oral antifungal medication.
Keeping your feet and toes clean and dry is your best defense against nail fungus. Here are 10 tips to keep fungus from coming back.
ONMEL is an FDA-approved antifungal treatment; it stops the growth of toenail fungus. Clinical studies showed that many more patients who received ONMEL had a complete cure of their toenail fungus than those patients who received placebo—a treatment without the active medicine.
ONMEL works inside the body to attack and fight the toenail fungal infection. ONMEL uses Meltrex® Technology to allow the controlled release of medicine in just one 200-mg tablet.
Set up your medicine routine with ONMEL.
ONMEL works best when taken with a full meal at the same time of day.
If you forget to take or miss doses of ONMEL, skip that dose and take the next dose at your regular time. Do not make up missed doses.
Remember, treatment with ONMEL takes 12 weeks. Be sure to finish all of your ONMEL as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Your healthcare provider should do blood tests before you start and while you take ONMEL, especially if you have liver problems.
For best results, it is important to take your medicine for the full 12-week treatment period.
You may see some change in the base of your toenail during that time. But be patient because it may take longer for your toenail to grow out.
Always make sure you keep your healthcare provider informed about your treatment progress. Treating toenail fungus may vary from person to person. Your healthcare provider may also suggest other treatments while you are using ONMEL to help your toenails improve.
Eligible patients can receive great savings on their ONMEL prescriptions at participating pharmacies. Download and print the savings offer and take it with you when you fill your prescription. Please see full terms and conditions on the savings offer printout.
ONMEL is a prescription medicine used to treat fungal infections of the toenails.
It is not known if ONMEL is safe and effective in children under the age of 18.
ONMEL can cause serious life-threatening side effects, including:
1. Heart Failure. Do not take ONMEL if you have had heart failure, including congestive heart failure. Stop taking ONMEL and call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms of congestive heart failure:
2. Serious cardiovascular effects. Do not take ONMEL if you also take the following medicines:
Do not take ONMEL if you:
ONMEL can cause serious side effects, including:
These are not all of the possible side effects of ONMEL. Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. For more information, ask your doctor.
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