Tavaborole Topical


Tavaborole topical solution is used to treat fungal toenail infections (infections that may cause nail discoloration, splitting, or pain). Tavaborole topical solution is in a class of medications called antifungals. It works by stopping the growth of nail fungus.

Side Effects Of Tavaborole Topical

Tavaborole topical solution may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • peeling, redness, itching, or swelling of the skin around the affected toenail(s)
  • ingrown toenail

Warnings & Precautions

Before using tavaborole topical solution:

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to tavaborole, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in tavaborole topical solution. Ask your pharmacist or check the manufacturer’s patient information for a list of the ingredients.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any medical condition.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using tavaborole topical solution, call your doctor.

Tavaborole Topical Dosage

Tavaborole comes as a topical solution to apply to the toenails. It is usually applied once a day for 48 weeks. Apply tavaborole topical solution at around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use tavaborole topical solution exactly as directed. Do not apply more or less of it or apply it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Tavaborole topical solution is only for use on the affected toenails. Try not to get tavaborole anywhere on your skin except for the area right around your affected toenails. Do not get tavaborole in your eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina.

Tavaborole topical solution may catch fire. Stay away from heat and flames while you are applying this medication.

To apply the topical solution, follow these steps:

  • Make sure that your toenails are clean and dry.
  • Before you apply tavaborole topical solution for the first time, remove the cap from the bottle and dispose of it. Unwrap the dropper and insert it in the bottle.
  • Squeeze the dropper bulb and then loosen your grip to fill the dropper with medication.
  • Hold the dropper over your affected toenail and squeeze the bulb slowly to release enough medication to cover your entire toenail. You might need to use more than one drop.
  • Use the tip of the dropper to spread the medication so that it covers your entire toenail.
  • Place the tip of the dropper under the tip of your toenail and squeeze the bulb to apply the medication to the skin under your toenail. Use the tip of the dropper to spread the medicine under your toenail.
  • If you get any medication on the skin around your toenail, wipe it off with a tissue. Do not wipe the medication off of your toenail.
  • If you have more than one affected toenail, repeat steps 3-7 to apply tavaborole topical to each affected toenail.
  • Put the dropper tip back in the bottle of medication and screw it on tightly.
  • Allow your toenails to dry for a few minutes.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Ask your pharmacist or doctor for a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient.


Keep all appointments with your doctor.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription of tavaborole topical.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.


All information has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.