Calcrem

By Medically reviewed by hellodoktor

Generic Name: Calcrem Brand Name(s): Calcrem, Calcrem and Calcrem.

Uses

What is calcrem (clotrimazole) used for?

Calcrem is a medicinal fluconazole used topically for treating skin infections such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, and other fungal skin infections (candidiasis), pityriasis (tinea versicolor), a fungal infection that causes a lightening or darkening of the skin of the neck, chest, arms, or legs.

How should I take calcrem (clotrimazole)?

Use this medication on the skin only. Clean and thoroughly dry the area to be treated. Apply this medication to the affected skin, usually twice a day or as directed by your doctor. Dosage and length of treatment depends on the type of infection being treated. Do not apply this more often than prescribed. Your condition will not clear faster, but side effects may be increased.

Apply enough medication to cover the affected area and some of the surrounding skin. After applying this medication, wash your hands. Do not wrap, cover or bandage the area unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Do not apply this medication in the eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina.

How do I store calcrem (clotrimazole)?

Calcrem is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store calcrem in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of calcrem that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush calcrem down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using calcrem (clotrimazole)?

Before using calcrem, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Allergic reaction to excipients using for dosage form containing calcrem.
  • Allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
  • Used any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with calcrem.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using calcrem during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking calcrem. Calcrem is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from calcrem (clotrimazole)?

As taking others medicines, taking calcrem can cause some side effects. Most of them are rarely occurring and do not need any supplementary treatment. However, it is always important for you to consult your doctor if you have any problem after taking this medicine.

Some of side effects are listed below:

  • Allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives)
  • Nausea
  • Stomach upset
  • Vomiting
  • Itching
  • An unpleasant sensation in the mouth

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

 

Interactions

What drugs may interact with calcrem (clotrimazole)?

Calcrem may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products may interact with this drug, such as:

  • Fentanyl
  • Tacrolimus
  • Trimetrexate

Does food or alcohol interact with calcrem (clotrimazole)?

Calcrem may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with calcrem (clotrimazole)?

Calcrem may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

 

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using calcrem (clotrimazole).

What is the dose of calcrem (clotrimazole) for an adult?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of calcrem.

Recommended doses in some cases are listed below:

  • Tinea corporis: apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 4 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.
  • Tinea cruris: apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 2 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.
  • Tinea pedis: apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.
  • Cutaneous candidiasis: apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.
  • Tinea versicolor: apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.

What is the dose of calcrem (clotrimazole) for a child?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of calcrem.

Recommended doses in some cases are listed below:

For children more than 3 years old

  • Tinea corporis: apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 4 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.
  • Tinea cruris: apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 2 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.
  • Tinea pedis: apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.
  • Cutaneous candidiasis: apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.
  • Tinea versicolor: apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.

For children more than 3 years old:

The dosage has not been established in children l than 3 years old. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is calcrem (clotrimazole) available?

Calcrem is available in the following dosage forms and strengths: Gel 1%

  • Topical solution 1%

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of calcrem, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: January 8, 2017 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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