The exact mechanism of action for luliconazole's anti-fungal activity is still not known, but luliconazole is thought to inhibit the enzyme lanosterol demethylase. Lanosterol demethylase is needed for the synthesis of ergosterol, which is a major component of the fungus cell membranes.
Luliconazole kills the organisms Trichophyton rubrum and Epidermophyton floccosum, most likely by altering their fungal cell membranes.
The metabolism of luliconazole has yet to be determined.
In clinical trials, no serious toxicity was reported, only local irritation (mild contact dermatitis and cellulitis) at the site of application was found.