Canesten

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Generic Name: Canesten Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Know the basics

What is Canesten® (Clotrimazole) used for?

Canesten® administered topically, is an antifungal medicine, commonly used for treating skin infections caused by yeasts (for example Candida), dermatophytes (for example Trichophyton, Tinea), moulds and other fungi, such as:

  • Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis);
  • Fungal infection of the groin, ie jock itch (tinea cruris);
  • Ringworm (tinea corporis);
  • Fungal nappy rash caused by infection with Candida albicans;
  • Sweat rash caused by infection with Candida albicans.

How should I take Canesten® (Clotrimazole)?

Canesten cream should be administered topically to the affected area of skin thinly two to three times daily and rubbed in gently.

You should wash your hands after applying the cream to avoid spreading the infection to other areas.

Duration of treatment is variable, you should consult your doctor before stopping using this drug even if the symptoms are completely disappeared. On the contrary, if symptoms persist despite treatment, get medical advice from your doctor or pharmacist.

How do I store Canesten® (Clotrimazole)?

Canesten® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Canesten® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Canesten® 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 Canesten® 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.

Know the precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Canesten® (Clotrimazole)?

Before using Canesten®, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Allergic reaction: to Canesten®, excipients using for dosage form containing Canesten® ((Clotrimazole). The information is detailed in the leaflet.
  • Allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
  • Pediatric.
  • Geriatric.
  • Used any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with Canesten®.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Canesten® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Canesten®.

 

Know the side effects

What side effects can occur from Canesten® (Clotrimazole)?

As taking others medicines, taking Canesten® 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.

The side effect is the irritation in the area of use; for example burning, stinging, itching, redness, rash, blistering or peeling.

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.

Know the interactions

What drugs may interact with Canesten® (Clotrimazole)?

Canesten® 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.

Does food or alcohol interact with Canesten® (Clotrimazole)?

Canesnen® 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 Canesten® (Clotrimazole)?

Canesten® 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.

Understand the dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Canesten®.

What is the dose of Canesten® (Clotrimazole) for an adult?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of Canesten® hydrochloride.

Normally, Canesten® is recommended to by applied in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area for a variable duration depending on the nature and severity of the infection., such as:

  • For Tinea Cruris: twice a day for 2 weeks;
  • For Tinea Pedis: twice a day for 4 to 8 weeks;
  • For Cutaneous Candidiasis: twice a day for 2 to 4 weeks;
  • For Tinea Versicolor: twice a day for 2 to 4 weeks.

What is the dose of Canesten® (Clotrimazole) for a child?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of Canesten® hydrochloride.

For children aged more than 3 years, Canesten® is commonly recommended to by applied in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area for a variable duration depending on the nature and severity of the infection, such as:

  • For Tinea Corporis: twice a day for 4 weeks;
  • For Tinea Cruris: twice a day for 2 weeks;
  • For Tinea Pedis: twice a day for 4 to 8 weeks;
  • For Cutaneous Candidiasis: twice a day for 2 to 4 weeks;
  • For Tinea Versicolor: twice a day for 2 to 4 weeks.

The dosage has not been established in children aged less than 3 years. 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 Canesten® (Clotrimazole) available?

Canesten® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths: Cream 1% ;2%;

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

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Canesten®, 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.

Review Date: October 5, 2016 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019

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