What Canesten Cream is used for:
The active substance is clotrimazole. Clotrimazole belongs to a group of medicines called imidazoles
and is an anti-fungal agent which fights the cause of fungal skin infections. Clotrimazole is used to treat fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, fungal nappy rash and fungal sweat rash. It is also used to relieve irritation of the vulva (external thrush) or the end of the penis, which may be associated with thrush. When Clotrimazole is applied to the infected area of skin it works by destroying the fungus or yeast which has caused the infection.
If you are unsure whether you (or your baby if treating nappy rash) have one of these fungal
skin infections, seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.
How to use Canesten Cream:
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told
you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
If you purchased this product without a prescription, follow these directions closely.
- Before use, pierce the tube seal by inverting the cap over the end of the tube and press.
- Canstan should be applied thinly and evenly to the affected areas, two or three times daily
and rubbed in gently.
- A strip of cream (½ cm long) is enough to treat an area of about the size of the hand.
- The duration of the treatment depends upon the type of infection. Use the cream for at least
two weeks for candida (thrush) infections or at least one month for other infections.
The symptoms of skin infection such as itching or soreness, should improve within a few days of
treatment although signs such as redness and scaling may take longer to disappear. If symptoms
persist, consult your doctor.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.As with all medicines, some people may be allergic to the cream. If you or your baby are allergic, a reaction will occur soon after you start using it. If you or your baby experience an allergic reaction, stop using clotrimazole and tell your doctor straight away or contact the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital. Signs of an allergic reaction may include:
Swallowing or breathing problems
Swelling of the lips, face, throat or tongue
Weakness, feeling dizzy or faint
After you apply the cream you might experience:
Itching, rash, blisters, burning, discomfort, swelling, irritation, redness or peeling of skin. This may mean that you are allergic to the cream.
Reporting of side effects:
If you or your baby gets any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Do not use Clotrimazole:
if you (or your baby if treating nappy rash) are allergic to clotrimazole or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Clotrimazole if you have used a cream containing clotrimazole or a similar medicine before and suffered an allergic or unpleasant skin reaction. This may have been a skin rash or itching in the area the cream was applied.
Other medicines and Clotrimazole:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Clotrimazole is not known to interact with any other medicines.