Brittle Nail Syndrome Medication

Updated: Dec 26, 2019
  • Author: Brianna A Olamiju; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Medication Summary

Medical therapy should be strongly considered when brittle nail syndrome is suspected to have developed secondary to an underlying systemic or dermatologic disease. Otherwise, the level of medical therapy is guided by the desires of the patient and impact on quality of life.


B Vitamins

Class Summary

Biotin supplementation may help to treat brittle nails.

Biotin (Appearex, Coenzyme R, Nail-ex)

Biotin may promote nail growth by aiding in the metabolism of amino acids responsible for building proteins associated with nail growth. It is known to function as a coenzyme of metabolic processes.


Dermatologics, Other

Poly-ureaurethane (Nuvail)

Poly-ureaurethane is a biocompatible, polymeric solution that forms a uniform film when applied to the nail; it adheres to the nail surface, preventing direct abrasion and friction on the nail surface; it also provides protection against moisture.