What is Clotrimazole Cream?
Clotrimazole cream is used to treat thrush in men and women. Clotrimazole is an antifungal medication and works by killing the fungus causing the thrush and controlling the bacteria present within the vagina or on the penis.
Clotrimazole is used to treat fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, fungal nappy rash and fungal sweat rash. It helps to relieve irritation of the vulva (external thrush) and the end of the penis, which may be attributed to thrush.
Clotrimazole cream is available over the counter without a prescription. For more information, consult the patient information leaflet.
How it works
Clotrimazole belongs to a group of medicines which fight the cause of fungal infections like thrush. It works by preventing the fungal infection from producing ergosterol, a substance it requires to survive. Once it can no longer produce this, the cells of the fungus become weaker and less able to maintain their structure.
Before you take it
You should not use clotrimazole cream if you are allergic to clotrimazole or any of the other ingredients in this medicine. A full list of ingredients can be found in the patient information leaflet.
If you are unsure as to whether or not you have thrush, or if you have had more than two episodes of thrush in the last six months, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this treatment.
It is also important to make sure that you and your partner do not have any sexually transmitted infections. Some symptoms of sexually transmitted infections can be mistaken for thrush - if you’re unsure, speak to a healthcare professional.
If you are under 16 years old or over 60 years old, you should speak to your doctor if you have symptoms of thrush. Please note that we do not prescribe any medication to anyone under the age of 18.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, although clotrimazole cream is not known to interact with any other medicines. Also, make sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
You should consult your doctor as soon as possible if you have any of the following symptoms, as this treatment may not be suitable for you:
- Irregular/abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Difficulty in passing urine
- Lower abdominal pain
Do not use clotrimazole cream without talking to your doctor first if you have any blisters on your penis.
As with other creams, clotrimazole may reduce the effectiveness of latex contraceptives, such as condoms. You should use an alternative method of contraceptive for the duration of treatment.
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying for a baby, tell your doctor or pharmacist before using this treatment.
This is not a complete list of warnings and interactions. For an exhaustive list, consult the patient information leaflet, or ask your doctor for advice.
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you and never exceed the stated dose.
Always wash and dry the infected areas before applying the cream. Clotrimazole should be applied thinly and evenly to the affected areas, two or three times daily. Areas include the vagina and the tip of the penis.
The length of treatment depends upon the type of infection. Treatment of thrush should last two weeks and the symptoms of skin infection such as itching or soreness, should improve within a few days of treatment. If any signs such as redness and scaling persist, or worsen, consult your doctor for advice.
Clotrimazole is for external use only. Avoid putting the cream in your mouth.
Detailed instructions for use are available in the patient information leaflet.
Common Side Effects of Clotrimazole Cream
Like all medicines, this medicine may cause side effects, although not everybody will experience them. Common side effects after you apply the cream are usually mild to moderate in nature, and might involve:
- Redness or peeling of the skin
Some people may be allergic to the cream. If you experience an allergic reaction, stop using clotrimazole and tell your doctor straight away or contact the nearest casualty. Signs of an allergic reaction may include:
For an exhaustive list, consult the patient information leaflet, or ask your doctor for advice.Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What should I do if I forget to use clotrimazole?
Apply the cream as soon as you remember, then continue the rest of your treatment as usual.
What happens if I stop using clotrimazole?
Do not suddenly stop using clotrimazole as this may cause the symptoms of the infection to return. Consult your doctor before stopping.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes, alcohol is not known to affect the function of this medication.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
A complete list of ingredients can be found on the patient information leaflet. Do not use this treatment if you are allergic to any of the ingredients it contains.