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What should I know about clioquinol before using it?

Before using clioquinol to treat a skin infection, such as athlete's foot, eczema, jock itch or ringworm, you should know to follow your doctor's instructions exactly. Do not use more or less of the topical medication, and do not use clioquinol for longer than prescribed. In most cases, using clioquinol daily for two to four weeks will clear up the skin infection. Infections lasting longer than four weeks should be examined by your doctor again.

Before using clioquinol tell your doctor about any allergies you have to medications, food, dyes or other substances. Also tell your doctor about any other medications or health conditions that could affect your use of clioquinol. If you are pregnant or become pregnant while using clioquinol, tell your doctor and discuss any possible harm this anti-infective medicine could cause to a fetus. When prescribed to treat a child's skin infection, do not use tight-fitting diapers or underwear that will rub against the infected area. Talk to your doctor about using clioquinol in the diaper area. It's important to know that you may not be able to use clioquinol if you have tuberculosis or conditions, such as herpes simplex, chicken pox or shingles. If you have kidney or liver disease, these conditions can affect the effectiveness of clioquinol.

When choosing to use clioquinol, you should know that this topical medication can stain your clothes and in some cases your skin. Do not use clioquinol around the eyes. Clioquinol should only be used externally, so do not allow the medication to get into your mouth or eyes.   

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