Clotrimazole Cream 1%

  • 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 has been used to treat sereval fungal infections since 1969 as if on the World Health Organisation's List of Essential Medicine.

It is an antifungal medication that is used to treat a wide range of fungal infections, such an itching rash, ringworm, athlete’s foot and nappy rash. Clotrimazole is widely prescribed for treating the symptoms of thrush.

It can be used on adults and children, including babies.

What is Clotrimazole used to treat?

Clotrimazole can provide fast-acting and effective relief from the symptoms of a number of infections caused by fungus.

Clotrimazole is used to treat:

  • Thrush (vaginal and penile)
  • Ringworm
  • Nappy rash
  • Athlete's foot
  • Fungal Sweat Rash

It works to relieve uncomfortable symptoms like itching and irritation.

Clotrimazole is also a common treatment for thrush, which is a fungal infection caused by a fungi called candida, which can cause a number of symptoms and conditions such as candidiasis. Candida is the most common cause of fungal infections in humans.

Thrush thrives in warm and moist areas of the body, so it often occurs in places like the mouth and genitals.

How does Clotrimazole work?

Clotrimazole belongs to a group of medicines known as topical imidazoles. It works by killing the fungi (yeast) that causes the infection. It can do this all over the body.

If you use this cream as instructed, it will normally cure your infection after around one week.

How to use Clotrimazole

Apply Clotrimazole 2-3 times a day. As a treatment for thrush, you should use it for at least two weeks. For other infections, it will normally take at least one month.

Wash your hands before and after you apply this cream. If you are treating athlete’s foot, wash and dry your feet thoroughly before applying the cream.

Apply a thin layer of the cream to the affected areas of skin and rub it in gently.

Always follow your doctor’s instructions and read the patient information leaflet.

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.

Who can use Clotrimazole?

Clotrimazole is generally considered to be a very safe medicine.

Before using it, tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to Clotrimazole or to any other medicine in the past. They should also know if you are currently using any other form of medication.

Can I use Clotrimazole during Pregnancy and/or breastfeeding

Clotrimazole is generally considered to be safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

If you want to know more about using Clotrimazole during pregnancy and breastfeeding, we recommend BUMPS.

Can you buy Clotrimazole over the counter?

Clotrimazole is available on prescription, but you can also buy it from a pharmacy or supermarket.

As well as a cream, it is also available as a spray and a solution which you apply to your skin.

Can you buy Clotrimazole online in the UK?

You can buy Clotrimazole cream 1% online at Medicine Direct. However, you will first need to complete an online consultation questionnaire to make sure it is suitable for you. Your answers will be reviewed by one of our registered prescribers before you can complete your purchase.

If you order from us before 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery on your medicine.

Never buy medicine online from anywhere other than registered UK pharmacies.

Clotrimazole alternatives

Depending on the condition you are trying to treat, there are many alternatives to Clotrimazole.

For thrush, you could instead opt for an oral capsule medicine, such as Fluconazole. An effective treatment for both vaginal and penile thrush, this single-dose treatment only requires you to take one dose of medicine and should have cleared up your symptoms after just a few days.

Canesten Cream, which is a branded version of Clotrimazole, is also available to buy from Medicine Direct. This cream works in the same way and should also have cleared your symptoms within a week.

Clotrimazole Dosage

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Clotrimazole Cream.

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.

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.

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.

Clotrimazole Ingredients

The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Clotrimazole

For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics

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Medically Reviewed byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 29/06/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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