- Antifungal medication used to effectively treat Thrush
- Used to treat a wide range of skin infections caused by fungus
- Apply Clotrimazole evenly to the affected area for best results
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What is Clotrimazole?
Clotrimazole is often sold under the brand name Canesten, among others.
It is an antifungal medication used to treat a wide range of fungal infections, such as thrush or an itching rash.
You can buy it online at Medicine Direct, following an online consultation with a certified doctor, who will prescribe you Clotrimazole if they deem it appropriate for you to use on your infection.
If you order from us before 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery on your medicine.
We sell Clotrimazole cream in one 20g tube, in the 1% recommended dosage. It is also available as a spray and a solution which you apply to your skin.
What is Clotrimazole used to treat?
Clotrimazole treats a variety of skin infections caused by fungus (yeast), including:
- Athlete's foot
- Jock itch
- Infected nappy rash
- Fungal nail infection
- Fungal sweat rash
- Rash in the folds of skin
When applied to the skin, Clotrimazole works by destroying the fungus or yeast that has caused the infections.
This medication will normally improve skin infections after one week when used properly.
Possible side effects
As with all medicines, using Clotrimazole does come with the risk of certain adverse effects, although not everyone gets them.
You should speak to a doctor or pharmacist if any of the following reactions concern you or do not go away:
- You have red, irritated skin
- You experience a painful or burning sensation
If these side effects don't stop bothering you, try to use a smaller amount of the cream, or use it less frequently. If this does not work, stop using it altogether and go back to your doctor, who will be able to recommend an alternative form of treatment.
Please note, this list may not be exhaustive. Please, refer to the Side Effects tab on this page for a list of rarer, more serious reactions you may suffer.
You should always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before taking a new medication.
How long you will need to apply Clotrimazole cream will depend on the type of fungal/skin infection you have.
To properly combat infections, it is best to apply it for at least two weeks. Even if the symptoms of your infection have disappeared before the two weeks is over, you should continue to use it to prevent the infection from coming back. If required, this medicine can be used for up to four weeks at a time.
Clotrimazole is for external use only. Do not swallow the cream and try to avoid putting it near your eyes, nostrils or mouth.
How to apply Clotrimazole
Always use medication exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet, which will come with your medicine, thoroughly, before you start to use it. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for guidance if you are not sure of how to use Clotrimazole.
Apply Clotrimazole evenly to the affected area two or three times daily. For the most effective results, it is best if you apply the cream three times daily.
Apply the cream directly to the affected area. A strip of cream that is 0.5cm long is enough to treat an area the size of your hand.
Wash your hands thoroughly after you have used the cream.
If you have athlete's foot
Please note, if you are using Clotrimazole for athlete's foot, it is important that you wash and dry your feet thoroughly before applying the cream.
Whenever you have washed, remember to thoroughly dry the skin between your toes.
If possible, try to change your footwear each day.
Thoroughly wash your socks, stockings and tights in hot water, to remove any shed skin or fungal pores.
What if I forget to use it?
If you forget to apply the cream, don't worry; just apply it as soon as you remember and then continue with your routine as normal.
To effectively treat skin problems caused by fungus, it is important to be consistent with your applications. Try to apply Clotrimazole at the same time each day, to get into a routine. Some people find it beneficial to set an alarm, to remind them.
What if I use too much?
Using too much Clotrimazole may make your skin red or irritated. If this does happen, just use less next time.
How to store Clotrimazole
Store this medicine out of sight and reach of children.
Store in a cool, dry place and do not use past the expiry date on the packet.
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Can Clotrimazole be used for oral fungal infections?
Yes, Clotrimazole can be used to treat oral fungal infections, as well as fungal skin infections. However, you should not use the cream to treat oral infections as it should not be ingested. Clotrimazole also comes in the form of a lozenge, which is an effective treatment for thrush and other infections.
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Clotimazole Side Effects
The more common adverse effects of Clotrimazole can be found on the main page.
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if your baby gets any adverse effects while using this treatment, no matter which type of infection they are being treated for.
In rare cases, it is possible that you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to this medicine.
You should either go to A&E or call 999 straight away if you notice any of the following symptoms while using Clotrimazole:
- You develop a skin rash that is red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- You are wheezing
- You are finding it difficult to speak or breathe
- You have tightness in the chest or throat
- You have swelling in your face, tongue, lips, throat or mouth
You may require immediate treatment in hospital.
Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly, for a comprehensive list of adverse reactions you may experience.
If you have any doubts or concerns at all, do not hesitate to speak to your doctor.
Clotrimazole Warnings and drug interactions
As with all medicines, Clotrimazole may interact with other drugs, which can hinder its effectiveness.
Do not use Sofradex ear drops at the same time as a Clotrimazole treatment. Speak to your doctor before you use Clotrimazole if you are using these ear drops.
Please note, you must always make sure you inform your doctor if you are already taking any other drugs before taking a new one. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, herbal remedies and supplements.
Be sure to speak to a doctor if you require a treatment for thrush.
If you have any questions or concerns at all, we strongly advise you to discuss these with your doctor.
Never purchase medicine online unless it is from a UK registered pharmacy, which is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC), like Medicine Direct.
All of our doctors are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), meaning they can legally prescribe medicine.
If you order with us before 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery on your medicine, so you can begin treating your condition as soon as possible.
The active substance contained in this cream is Clotrimazole 0.01%.
Inactive ingredients also contained are: benzyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, cetyl esters wax, cetostearyl alcohol, octyldodecanol, sorbitan monostearate and purified water.
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