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Clotrimazole (Topical)

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Uses
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Anti-FungalT [OTC];Cruex® [OTC];Gyne-Lotrimin® 3 [OTC];Gyne-Lotrimin® 7 [OTC];Lotrimin® AF Athlete's Foot [OTC];Lotrimin® AF for Her [OTC];Lotrimin® AF Jock Itch [OTC]
    • Brand Names: Canada: Canesten® Topical;Canesten® Vaginal;Clotrimaderm;Trivagizole-3®
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antifungal Agent, Topical;Antifungal Agent, Vaginal

    Uses
    • It is used to stop or treat yeast infections.
    • Clotrimazole works to harm the yeast and fight the infection.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Use as you have been told, even if you are feeling better.
    • Skin:
    • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
    • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
    • Vaginal:
    • Use tablet or cream vaginally.
    • Do not mix-up vaginal tablet with the oral lozenge.
    • Use at bedtime for best results.
    • Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Do not use tampons.

    Missed Dose

    • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to clotrimazole or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
    • Skin:
    • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) unless told to do so by your doctor.
    • Vaginal:
    • Do not use this drug if you have belly pain, fever, or bad-smelling discharge. Talk with your doctor.
    • Protect clothing and fabrics from staining.

    Side Effects

    • Skin irritation.
    • Vaginal irritation.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • If the yeast infection keeps coming back.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Very bad vaginal irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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